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Covenant College

Covenant College sits on the top of Lookout Mountain, Georgia. It is a beautiful campus. The college was founded in 1955 and has a strong theological heritage in the Reformed tradition. 

I just returned from a two-day visit in which I was asked to give two chapel addresses and a community forum on the topic of sexual identity. I shared with the students that I haven’t been to a Christian college campus recently that doesn’t have students simply eager to be relevant when it comes to the topic of homosexuality. This held true at Covenant College, too. It’s not that Christian college students today want to change what the church has historically taught about human sexuality or sexual behavior; rather, many today want to interact with the topic of homosexuality in a more constructive manner. They want to raise the discussion above what they have seen modeled for them in the past.

Most of my time was spent offering another way to approach the topic – by discussing sexual identity and a more holistic view of the person, rather than focusing narrowly or exclusively on orientation, its causes and the expectation of complete change.

In the end I found the students to be very bright and compassionate, and the faculty and staff to be a terrific witness to God’s desire that all of what we do should be done to His glory.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Psychology’s War On Religion

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Nicholas Cummings, William O’Donohue, and Janet Cummings have a new edited book out titled Psychology’s War on Religion. It is published by Zeig, Tucker and Theisen. Here is an endorsement from a former president of the American Psychological Association:

Psychology attempts to deify “science” as a secular substitute for religion, according to the authors of Psychology’s War on Religion edited by Cummings, O’Donohue and Cummings. The current growing conflicts between evidence-based treatments versus faith-based counseling is just one example of this. Readers will be energized by the re-examination of the intolerance of  science toward faith-based values that drive our secular society. Issues of abortion, homosexuality, status of women, gay rights, bioethics of stem-cell research, ethical absolutism versus ethical relativism, and “scientism” (scientific moralism) all come under scrutiny. The authors discuss the hypocrisy of viewing debates over conflicting research data as unbiased intellectual freedom and considering debates over legal. social and political issues derived from religious teachings as expressions of prejudice. This book challenges one’s value system and revitalizes the reader with fresh thinking.

Jack G. Wiggins, Ph.D., Psy.D. A former President of APA and Gold Medal Award Winner for Lifetime Achievements in Practice by the American Psychological Foundation

If you pick up the book, you will notice that I was asked to contribute the chapter “The Battle Over Sexuality.” In the chapter, I share that while I do not tend to use the “war/battle” metaphor, there are many reasons why conventionally religious persons might feel embattled in the current climate. A range of topics are mentioned, including sex education, bias against religious students in training, therapeutic issues with sexual minorities, and the importance of religious training programs in clinical psychology.

 
 
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