by Rob Vitaro
(Presented on April 23, 2007, DeSales University PS455 Senior Seminar)
For the most part, science today does not like to get involved with religion. The idea that one must accept truth without having first put it through the scientific method, testing quantifiable evidence over and over to lend credence to a sound theory, does not make any rational sense. Most scientists would rather leave the two apart as mutually exclusive areas of study that have no business overlapping. Even so, there have been some that have tried to use science as a means to disprove religion. And there are still others in the scientific community who find science to be one of the many tools used to more fully understand the world that they believe to have been created by God. When dealing especially with the social sciences, not to incorporate religion into the human equation seems almost ludicrous, as approximately 90% of the U.S population has some kind of religious belief (Jones, 1996). Given that only 50% of psychologists have religious beliefs (Jones, 1996), it’s not surprising to see that psychotherapists advocate against incorporating their own personal beliefs and value systems into their therapeutic orientation. The following, though, is an attempt to show that all psychotherapists, whether they will admit it or not, do incorporate their beliefs into their practice, and as such professional Christian psychotherapists have their place alongside them.