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Psychiatry Undermines Religion

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Certain influences and events have shaped the course of religious and moral decline the world over. The materialistic practices of psychiatry, psychology and other related mental health disciplines are at the root of the problem.

German psychologist Wilhelm Wundt unveiled “experimental” psychology to his students at Leipzig University in 1879. Wundt declared that the soul was a “waste of energy” and that man was simply another animal.

In 1940 psychiatry openly declared its plans when British psychiatrist John Rawling Rees, a co-founder of the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), addressed a National Council of Mental Hygiene stating “[S]ince the last world war we have done much to infiltrate the various social organizations throughout the country…we have made a useful attack upon a number of professions. The two easiest of them naturally are the teaching profession and the Church….”

The word psychology derives from psyche (soul) and ology (study of); the subject originated as a religious and philosophical study. However, as Franz G. Alexander, M.D., and Sheldon T. Selesnick, M.D. noted in The History of Psychiatry, “As long as psychiatric problems were those of the ‘soul,'” only the clergy and philosophers “could be professionally concerned with such problems.”

Psychiatry, re-defining man’s travails in “medical” or “biological” terms, wrenched spiritual healing away from religion.

By 1952, 83% of more than 100 U.S. seminaries and graduate theological schools surveyed had one or more courses on psychology.

In 1961, around 9,000 clergymen had studied psychology-based “clinical pastoral” counseling courses. Psychiatrists outnumbered the clergy in membership six to five in the U.S. Academy of Religion and Mental Health.

The American Association of Christian Counselors has grown from 700 mental health professionals as members in 1991 to 50,000 today.

Psychiatrists and psychologists still claim that man is an animal to be conditioned and controlled. Governments have been convinced of this idea and are paying billions in public funds to psychiatry, despite no evidence of its efficacy.

The following contemptible efforts to label the founder of the Christian faith as a lunatic, and thereby to condemn all of Christianity as mere neurosis and illusion, are provided, not to be blasphemous, but to show psychiatry’s anti-religious agenda.

“In short, the nature of the hallucinations of Jesus, as they are described in the orthodox Gospels, permits us to conclude that the founder of the Christian religion was afflicted with religious paranoia.” – Charles Binet-Sanglé, La Folie de Jésus (The Madness of Jesus), 1910.

“Everything that we know about him conforms so perfectly to the clinical picture of paranoia that it is hardly conceivable that people can even question the accuracy of the diagnosis.”– American psychiatrist William Hirsch, Conclusions of a Psychiatrist, 1912 “One may disagree with Schweitzer….He takes for granted that the failure of Jesus to develop ideas of injury and persecution rules out the possibility of a paranoid psychosis.

This is not necessarily true; some paranoids manifest ideas of grandeur almost entirely….” – Psychiatrist Winfred Overholser, President of the American Psychiatric Association, stated in the foreword to Albert Schweitzer’s The Psychiatric Study of Jesus, 1948.

In a 1951 article in the New Yorker, Francis J. Braceland, psychiatrist-in-chief of the Institute of Living psychiatric facility in Connecticut, U.S.A., called on Catholic bishops to shed their “traditional antipathy to the teachings of psychiatry and to seek medical help for troubled priests.” With Braceland’s high standing among the bishops, the Institute of Living began receiving referrals.

As journalist Barry Werth wrote, “The Church’s use of psychiatry, or more precisely, the bishops’ policy of sending priests suspected of having molested minors to psychiatrists and psychologists rather than reporting them to the police, has become one of the most disturbing, and costly, elements….”

A study conducted by Kenneth Pope, former head of the ethics committee for the American Psychological Association, found that 1 out of 20 clients who had been sexually abused by their psychotherapist was a minor. The female victims’ ages ranged from 3 to 17, and it was from 7 to 16 for the males.

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and the mental disorders section of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10)—the mental health industry’s diagnostic “system”—have long been under attack for their lack of scientific authority and veracity and their almost singular emphasis on psychotropic drug treatment.

The latest editions of DSM and ICD include religious travail as a new category of mental illness: “V.62.89” (the diagnostic code used for billing purposes) covers treatment for “religious or spiritual problems.”

Religion has turned to psychiatry and psychology at their own peril. Lisa Bazler, a former psychologist and now Christian author of Psychology Debunked, wrote: “[W]e cannot consider psychology…a scientific discipline…the therapist and psychiatrist [can] not objectively measure and analyze the causes and cures of anxiety with statistical repeatability as a doctor and patient could measure and analyze the causes and cures of a broken ankle.”

Clinical psychologist Ty Colbert, author of Rape of the Soul, says that in order to adopt psychiatry’s biological model, one has to “believe in a materialistic, non-spiritual world…the medical model claims there is no mental activity that is due to the spiritual dimension. All activity, even one’s religious beliefs or the belief in God, are nothing more than the workings of the brain.”

Lisa Bazler states further: “Consider the fact that psychology didn’t even exist until the 1800s. How did Christians possibly live for eighteen hundred years without psychology? They lived just fine. Do we know more about living the Christian life to the fullest than Paul, John or Peter? Obviously not, but Christian therapists think they do.…Christian therapists preach a false gospel that contradicts Scripture and follows the opinions of men who hated religion and subtracted God out of all of their theories of human behavior.”

Studies show that youths who are involved in religious activities are less likely to abuse drugs. Among youths who agreed that religious beliefs are a very important part of their life (78.2%), 9.2% had used an illicit drug compared to 20.5% of those youths who strongly disagreed with religion.

As a result of psychiatrists’ subversive plan for religion, the concepts of good and bad behavior, right and wrong conduct and personal responsibility have taken such a beating that people today have few or no guidelines for checking, judging or directing their behavior. Words like ethics, morals, sin and evil have almost disappeared from everyday usage.

For more than a century, mankind has been the unwitting guinea pig of psychiatry’s deliberate, “social engineering” experiment that was conceived in hell. This experiment included an assault on the essential religious and moral strongholds of society. It could not proceed while man could clearly conceive of, express, and deal with evil. It lies insidiously behind our current social disintegration. And it is the epitome of evil, masked by the most social of outward appearances.

Religion provides the inspiration needed for a life of higher meaning and purpose. As we face psychiatry’s influence on society, it falls upon religious leaders to take decisive steps. Men of the cloth need to shake off the yoke of soulless materialism spawned by psychology and psychiatry and put religion back into the hands of the religious. They must take this responsibility, not only for the sake of religion’s survival, but also for the survival of mankind.

John Rawlings Rees, M.D., “Strategic Planning for Mental Health,” Mental Health, Vol. 1, No. 4, Oct. 1940, pp. 103-4.
2 Barry Werth, “FATHERS’ HELPER; How the Church Used Psychiatry to Care For—and Protect—Abusive Priests,” The New Yorker, 9 June 2003.
3 Ibid.
4 Kenneth Pope, “Sex Between Therapists and Clients,” Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: Sex Similarities and Differences and the Impact of Society on Gender, (Academic Press, Oct. 2001).
5 Ty C. Colbert, Rape of the Soul, How the Chemical Imbalance Model of Modern Psychiatry has Failed its Patients, (Kevco Publishing, California, 2001), p. 236.
  1. askinozcan
    November 9, 2007 at 3:14 am

    Psychiatry is actually learning from religion. The Holy Koran says: “We educate you in your dreams. And the most important dreams we show just before you wake up so you can remember them”
    Psychiatry is also saying the same thing : “Get inspired from your dreams.”

    In the article, it is stated that Jesus saw hallucinations!!! Has the writer examined Jesus? No diagnos without examination, in psychiatry !!!
    Askin Ozcan
    Author of “SMALL MIRACLES”
    ISBN 1598001000 – Outskirts Press

  2. November 9, 2007 at 4:14 am

    Thanks for your comments askinozcan.

  3. November 15, 2007 at 6:26 am

    If psychiatry is learning from religion as askinozcan says, then why does psychiatry believe devotion to religion to be a disorder – as plainly evidenced in the DSM-IV (V62.89)? No, psychiatrists are no more interested in man’s spiritual nature than they are intersted in abandoning archaic practices such as electric shock therapy.

  4. askinozcan
    November 16, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    Answer to matsonian:
    I am not a psychiatrist, but will use my right of freedom to exert my opinion:
    My psychiatrist friends in Sweden say, devotion to religion can not be in itself a sign of health or disorder, but can only be judged in relation to whether or not it contributes to the patient’s well being. Assumably, devotion to religion, without bias, can contribute to a patient’s recovery from a disorder.
    Psychiatrists are definetely interested in man’s spiritual nature as part of the “gestalt therapy” and as far as I know from the recent press news, electric shocks are increasingly being used in modern mental hospitals.
    Ottoman practices in mental hospitals (type “Sifahane” in Edirne, Turkey, used music in the treatment of mental patients. Pity this practice has been forgotten.

  5. November 20, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Go Colbert! As wacky and wierd as he is, I’d vote for him.

  6. January 7, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    very interesting.
    i’m adding in RSS Reader

  7. Jeremy
    April 12, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Wow, this is the most disgustingly opinionated thing I have ever seen in my life. You immediately assume that all psychiatrists are trying to destroy religion. You took a few cases from very unknown sources and manipulated them to your advantage.

    Furthermore you use extremisms in your speech. For instance, you label a paragraph in big bold words “PEDOPHILE PSYCHIATRISTS” when in fact, that whole paragraph says NOTHING about a psychiatrist being a pedophile, but instead describes BISHOPS being pedophiles and attempting to be treated by psychiatrists.
    There is no cure for pedophilia. It was an experiment to try to treat these people, see if there was anything to be done. YOU CALLED PSYCHIATRISTS PEDOPHILES. THAT IS SLANDER. You’re redirecting blows on the church towards psychologists!

    Times change, so does our knowledge. Psychologist’s words aren’t set in stone, and they change. You both pray on and criticize for that. You pray on the old ideas of the 1960s and 1948 etc. etc. Remind you, back then we were using EST, which is no longer used today.
    Religion also made mistakes. Ever hear of the inquisition?!

    I don’t have a lot of time to comment, but seriously, this is incredibly biased and i’m disgusted by it, as a devout Christian and as a moderate person who is not a sinner. I could take 3 pages proving without a doubt that this page is ridiculous and disturbingly biased and psychology isn’t evil. People, think! The lord gave us brains to make our own opinions, use them! Don’t be a blind follower.

    In short I have the final thing to say.

    Psychiatry is fallible SO IS RELIGION.

  8. April 12, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Jeremy, thanks for your feedback. You say you’re a devout Christian and a moderate person who is not a sinner and I can appreciate that.

    I’m curious what you’re involvement is with psychiatry. Is it as a patient or practitioner? EST or ECT may not be in vogue, anymore but only because its been replaced by a much more easily administered psychotropic pill. Much more palatable by the masses and because of that, much more deadly.

    I believe supporting and advocating the use of mind altering drugs to be a sin. But that’s my view.

  9. kc666kc
    July 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Hey Jeremy !

    I think that YOU are biased.

    Read it again SLOWLY !


    …..1 out of 20 clients who had been sexually abused by their psychotherapist was a minor

    also, let see if i understand you….

    Your a Christian.
    You don’t sin.

    Not only do I think your biased,
    I also think you are a liar !

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