Psychology’s War On Religion


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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