Hier gibt es ein interessantes Interview mit dem New Yorker Psychologen Paul C. Vitz. Er berichtet über seinen Weg zum christlichen Glauben:
After my marriage and the arrival of our first child, I began seriously to investigate what I stood for. What kind of father would I be for my family? Who was I? At the time, I saw only four possible world views: liberal politics; eastern religion and related spirituality; self-worship and professional ambition for personal success; and traditional religion, which, for me, meant Christianity.
Der christliche Glaube war für ihn die vierte und unattraktive Variante:
After these three were eliminated, I was faced with the remaining possibility, which didn’t excite me—Christianity. I remembered having read quotes from time to time in the New York Times from Billy Graham or the Pope. And I knew the quotes were true. But I could not believe them. I was in the strange position of knowing something was true but unable to believe it. Despite the reasonable, even irrefutable, kernels of truth that I heard from Christian sources, the prospect of accepting the whole system was more than I could swallow.
Paul C. Vitz ist einer der profiliertesten Kritiker der säkularen Psychologie. Sein bekanntes Buch “Psychology as Religion: The Cult of Self-Worship” gibt es auch für Kindle.
In the 1960s and the 1970s, I was exposed to humanistic, self-actualizing psychology. I could not believe that people took it seriously. It seemed to me intellectually naïve. It emphasized narcissism and explicitly claimed, with a purported scientific rationale, that self-realization was the goal and endpoint of life. It seemed to me that the most ancient heresy, the same that was swallowed by Adam and Eve – “you shall be as gods” – had simply robed itself in scientific guise and taken a new incarnation.