Dr. Jacob Bronowski, in his book and PBS documentary series, "The Ascent of Man," spoke of unhealthy religion when he stood before the ashes of his relatives at the Auschwitz crematorium. He said, "This is how men behave when they believe they have absolute knowledge."
People seek simple answers and absolute knowledge, but anyone who claims to have absolute knowledge or infallible religious sources is a clear indicator of unhealthy religion. This research-based document provides you with the means for identifying what is healthy and unhealthy in religion. You may be surprised to discover that what you believe and the way you practice your religion may be more a function of your personality than of your religion in the way in which you attach and express yourself in your religion. Literal, dogmatic religious postures of fundamental and evangelical groups are manifestations of closed-minded authoritarianism. The manipulation and mind-control methods of fear, guilt, and shame, used with people to secure membership and provide group consensus in belief violate the very essence of religion and the basic foundations of what is healthy religion. Certain attributes of healthy personality produce healthy religion, and healthy religion promotes healthy personality. You will uncover the ingredients and characteristics of both in this book!
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Walter Kania, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist in private practice, holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University where he served as university pastor and director of a United Campus Ministry. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School, the graduate theological seminary at Texas Christian University. He held a faculty position in the Department of Religion at Texas Christian University and faculty positions in psychology at Bethany College and The Ohio State University. He is the author of A Believable Bible, A Credible Christianity, Spirituality Without Sin and Salvation, and Spiritual Psychology.
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