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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Eastgate Publishers (Oct 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941717127
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941717120
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,491,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on 6 Jan 1999
Format: Paperback
No one who has any interest in psychology (for self help or help of others or professionally)can ignore the facts presented here. The truth is that psychology of whatever sort is bankrupt of true solutons to human problems. Don't think otherwise until you have read this and fully dealt wtih the facts of research, mostly from psychologists themselves.
Tremendous and essential book!
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Essential Facts and Insights 6 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
No one who has any interest in psychology (for self help or help of others or professionally)can ignore the facts presented here. The truth is that psychology of whatever sort is bankrupt of true solutons to human problems. Don't think otherwise until you have read this and fully dealt wtih the facts of research, mostly from psychologists themselves.
Tremendous and essential book!
18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Great Book on Psychology's harm on Christianity 11 Jan 1999
By DavidGibso@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book shows how Psychology does not satisfy even the basic requirements of science yet it is accepted as if it were. It also explains the various absurd teachings that "Christian" psychologists are choosing from. Psychology is such a non-science that anyone can take just about any position and still practice psychology from those assumptions. Urges Christians to outright reject psychology in their lives.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
THE BOBGANS ARGUE THAT "CHRISTIAN PSYCHOLOGY" DOESN'T REALLY EXIST 10 May 2013
By Steven H Propp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Married couple Martin and Deidre Bobgan run "Psychoheresy Awareness Ministries"; Martin has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, and Deidre has an M.A. in English. They have written many other books, such as Psychoheresy, How to Counsel from Scripture, Against "Biblical Counseling", Competent to Minister, Christ-Centered Ministry Versus Problem-Centered Counseling, Prophets of Psychoheresy I, Prophets of PsychoHeresy II : Critiquing Dr. James C. Dobson, Larry Crabb's Gospel, CRI Guilty of Psychoheresy?, Twelve Steps to Destruction: Codependency/Recovery Heresies, etc.

They wrote in the first chapter of this 1997 book, "We begin by explaining the title of this book. Quotes about Christian psychology indicate that there is really no 'Christian psychology.' What is called 'Christian psychology' is comprised of the same confusion of contradictory theories and techniques as secular psychology. Professional psychologists and psychiatrists who profess Christianity have simply borrowed the theories and techniques from secular psychology. They practice what they consider a perfect blend of psychology ahd Christianity. However, they use the same psychology as non-Christian psychologists and psychiatrists." (Pg. 3)

They assert, "Professional psychotherapy with its underlying psychologies is questionable at best, detrimental at worst, and a spiritual counterfeit at least. The purpose of this book is to demonstrate the truth of that statement and to raise the challenge of purging the church of all evidences of this scourge." (Pg. 5) They point out, "Contrary to what most people think, psychotherapy is a belief system similar to that of a religion. Psychotherapeutic beliefs and religious beliefs both rely on faith. We will... consider the following questions: Does psychotherapy really work? Can psychotherapy harm?" (Pg. 7)

They argue, "whenever someone suggests that you should believe in psychotherapy because you believe in medicine, remember that 'medical' and 'mental' are NOT the same. It is a false analogy and a false application of the medical model... Psychology grew out of philosophy. Each theory behind each therapy provides a philosophy of life and a theology of man..." (Pg. 39) They add, "The psychotherapies that Christians dispense and use were not invented by Christians but by those who have denied the God of the Bible." (Pg. 43) They note that "At one time [Carl Rogers] attended Union Theological Seminary and he confessed that during a seminar he, as well as others, 'thought themselves right out of religious work.'" (Pg. 207)

The Bobgans' books are essential reading for any Christians concerned about overuse/misuse of psychology.
8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Unhappy with God's love? 7 May 2011
By umlungu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Someone gave me this book because he was very concerned that as a Christian I thought that Christian psychology might have something to offer. Although I discovered that neither author has any formal training in either theology or psychology I kept an open mind, maybe they would have something useful to say.

This particular book in the extensive Bobgan product line does not set out many arguments that Christian psychology is unBiblical. Instead it relies on argument by assertion to claim that Christian psychology is unBiblical. Its actual aim is to attack the idea of a loving God who long for personal relationship with us. It does this by trying to claim that the idea of a loving God is the product of Christian psychology, and that Christian psychology is the product of secular psychology.

Its troubling that other reviewers spoke of proof since it seems that they misunderstand the idea. The book doesn't contain much proof. Instead the authors deploy a rhetorical technique as follows. They quote from a secular theorist such as Jung, then they quotes a Christian writer such as Yancy, then they claim the two quotes say the same thing, often the two quotes don't say the same thing at all but sometimes they do. The authors, engaging in the post hoc ergo proper fallacy, conclude that this means that the Christian must have reached that conclusion because of influence by the secular theorist.
This is particularly absurd when deployed in respect of Jung since Jung drew on Christian sources so its not surprising if Christians drawing on those same Christian sources sometimes say something similar. But the rhetorical technique is intended merely to pave the way for the next move. Claiming to have undercut the credibility of Christian authors such as Yancy through the guilt by association technique they then use that as the basis for an attack on their real target; statements by Christian authors that portray God as loving and desiring a personal relationship with us.
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