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Author Muravchik, Stephanie, 1970-

Title American Protestantism in the age of psychology / Stephanie Muravchik
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 242 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Clinical Pastoral Education; Alcoholics Anonymous; The Salvation Army; 1 The Fall and Rise of Psychoreligious Cooperation; The Fall of Psychoreligious Cooperation in the United States; The Postwar Renewal of Psychoreligious Cooperation; American Faith in the Age of Psychology; Turning Against the Therapeutic Turn; A Revised Assessment of the Therapeutic Ethos; PART ONE. THERAPY AS MINISTRY IN CLINICAL PASTORAL EDUCATION; Introduction; 2 The Priest Must Drink at the Scientific Well; Self-Awareness; Social Savvy
CounselingShepherding Perspective; Theology; Why Accept Freuds Determinism But Laugh at Calvins Predestination?; Conclusion; 3 Being the Love of God; Learning to Be the Love of God; A Call to Ministry?; Does Dynamic Psychology Answer Theological Questions?; Conclusion; PART TWO. THERAPY AS FELLOWSHIP IN ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS; Introduction; 4 Democracy Is a Therapy; Creation of a Psychospiritual Therapy for Alcoholism; AA as Therapy; AA Therapy and Psychotherapy; AA, the Self, and Civil Society in the Last Decades of the Twentieth Century; Conclusion; 5 Came to Believe
The Ministry of the Mens Social Service Department, 1945-1990Conclusion; 8 Conclusion: American Psychology in an Age of Faiths; Bibliography; Index
The Tocquevillian ParadoxThe Will to Believe; God Grant Me Serenity; The Big Book and the Good Book; Calling the Higher Power by Name at Retreats and Eleventh-Step Groups; Theist Apologetics; God as We Understood Him; Came to Believe; Conclusion; PART THREE. THERAPY AS EVANGELISM IN THE SALVATION ARMY; Introduction; 6 Freud Is Not a Suitable Psychologist; "Service to Man": Religious Therapy for the Psychosocially Impaired Sinner; Spiritual Rehabilitation; Work Therapy; Milieu Therapy; Counseling and Case Work; Anti-Addiction Therapy; Psychotherapy; Conclusion; 7 New Creatures in Christ
Summary "Many have worried that psychology has corrupted American faith, eroded citizens' virtue, and weakened its community life. But the social history of three major psycho-spiritual movements since World War II--Alcoholics Anonymous, The Salvation Army's outreach to homeless men, and the "clinical pastoral education" movement finds the opposite. These groups innovated a practical religious psychology that nurtured participants' faith, fellowship, and personal responsibility. This is one of the first works to have found a positive role for psychology in bolstering American religious and democratic life. It is also perhaps the only book in the history of religion and psychology to base its arguments on the effect of psycho-spiritual programs on its subjects' actual lives over time"--Provided by publisher
"The social history of three major psycho-spiritual movements since World War II shows that these groups innovated a practical religious psychology that nurtured participants' faith, fellowship, and responsibility"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Alcoholics Anonymous -- History.
Church work with men -- Salvation Army -- History
Clinical pastoral education (Movement) -- History.
Pastoral psychology -- United States -- History.
Protestant churches -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011002211
ISBN 0511862571 (electronic bk.)
1107010675 (electronic bk.)
1139128620 (electronic bk.)
9780511862571 (electronic bk.)
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9781139128629 (electronic bk.)
9781107010673 (electronic bk.)