oa Conspectus : The Journal of the South African Theological Seminary - Psychotherapy : science or religion? Some implications for today's church

Volume 4, Issue 09
  • ISSN : 1996-8167



The aim of this paper is to investigate the true nature of psychotherapy. In particular, an attempt will be made to answer the question : Is psychotherapy a science or a religion? It is a sad fact that today's church has to a large extent given up its call to minister to hurting people, because Christians believe the myth that psychotherapy is a science. The paper argues that psychotherapy, in fact, is not a science, but rather another religion and that today's church needs to return to the biblical counselling of the early church, which is far more effective than psychotherapy.

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