Christianity and Mental Health
In the November/December 1987 issue of The Humanist magazine, a psychotherapist, Dr. Wendell Watters, explains how he believes Christianity may harm mental health. This is not a new charge. The followers of Christ have been accused of mental illness before (Acts 26:24; 2 Cor. 5:13), and even the founder of Christianity Himself was charged with being out of His mind (Mk. 3:21; Jn. 10:20). People tend to make this accusation when they find the doctrines of Christianity hard to accept. The following is a response to various views this humanist sets forth in his treatise on Christianity and Mental Health. (The page numbers refer to the article.)
Dr. Watters discusses what he says are two powerful manipulative tools of the church: proselytization and dualism. Concerning proselytization or evangelization, he states that the Great Commission (Mt. 28:19, 20) caused a frenzied commitment to spreading the good news and winning new convertsa commitment that was foreign to all other religions (p. 6). He says that after Constantines conversion the church employed methods of torture to persuade people to be converted. Dr. Watters believes the impetus for torturous methods of persuasion were initiated by Paul:
Christians will be considered mentally ill. Just wait. We are already considered terrorists.
socio-chlimatic personality disorder
That’s what religious people have... already has a name.