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Gabrielle C. Brumfield
February 18, 2021
Psychology 420
Professor Charles Rife
When we think of an enemy, what can we say an enemy is and what is as a definition? The
definition of Enemy according to the dictionary is a person who is actively opposed or
hostile to someone or something. Many times, the enemy when it comes to the Christian
way of life, we find that most Christians find that psychology is an enemy but why? We
find ourselves questioning many of the words that are told to us opposed to the life of a
Christian and what is expected of us in this world. Who do most Christians blame for the
status that has been found to be the reason for the opposition of the feeling that they have
for psychology, Freud but why would he be someone that people find to be the enemy?
Christians who are opposed to psychology often single out Sigmund Freud as the central
figure of psychology and as the epitome of its antireligious bent, Freud is an enigmatic
and complicated figure. As the recipient of anti-Semitic prejudice, and as a member of an
ethnic group long persecuted by Christians, “he was bound to feel prejudiced against
Christianity in general, the religion that had inflicted such untold suffering on his people
through the centuries. (Entwistle,2018). I believe that many people find it hard to
understand the bases of having a different view on counseling people and sometimes feel
as though having only a Christian view is the only way it should be. In a general mind we
want to help people with problems in the world and still want to help people in an
Christian way to help better guide them, I think that they can go hand in hand and can be
beneficial to do both and get amazing helpful results. For the psychotherapist is normally
dedicated to helping human beings in general, and his patients, to achieve certain goals of
mental health, and virtually all these goals are antithetical to a truly religious viewpoint
(Entwistle,2018). According to the video there are two types of enemies’ Secular
combatants and Christian Combatants whereas Secular is said that religion is
incompatible with psych health but how is that really true can a person who has not
religious background not help a person that is dealing with psychological issues and the
person actually becomes better, I believe not I believe that although that person does not
have a Christian stand view does not make their moral any different. I believe even
knowing the difference as far as write and wrong can help in those areas, so many people
are amazing people with moral compasses and can still be someone that can help
someone with psych issues. When It comes to Christian Combatants as stated in the video
that we can not trust human reasoning, no I believe that although we seek guidance from
the bible, but many people may not be able to explain what or why we do some of the
things that we do we still understand how we are supposed to help. The vide stated that
scripture can only rectify human conditions but what happen when the bible states one
thing, but we can also gain understanding from science about how the mind and body
works. Antireligious sentiments could lead psychotherapists to discount or disparage
client religious beliefs. Psychotherapists may assume that religious beliefs and practice
cause psychopathology. No such link is supported by research. Rather, a growing body of
research reveals a positive relation between religious commitment and physical health;
summaries of studies examining a link between mental illness and religion find that
religion is either a neutral factor or there may be a positive relation between mental
health and religious commitment (Entwistle,2018).
References
David N Entwistle (2018). Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity: An
Introduction to Worldview Issues, Philosophical Foundations, and Models of
Integration, , 3rd Edition. Retrieved from https://app.wordsearchbible.lifeway.com]
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