This article providentially crossed my inbox this morning. It is a pretty powerful follow up to the post on Calvin, psychology and making sin a “sickness”. It discusses the lack of Christian psychiatrists and goes on to pontificate why that might be. It seems that the number of Christian psychologist would lend towards the claim that psychology is not a Christian discipline.
“The study, published in the September 2007 issue of Psychiatric Services, also found that religious physicians, especially Protestants, are less likely to refer patients to psychiatrists, and more likely to send them to members of the clergy or to a religious counselor.
“Something about psychiatry, perhaps its historical ties to psychoanalysis and the anti-religious views of the early analysts such as Sigmund Freud, seems to dissuade religious medical students from choosing to specialize in this field,” said study author Farr Curlin, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. “It also seems to discourage religious physicians from referring their patients to psychiatrists.”….
….Although Protestant physicians were only half as likely to send the patient to a psychiatrist, Jewish physicians were more likely to do so. Least likely were highly religious Protestants who attended church at least twice a month and looked to God for guidance “a great deal or quite a lot.”
The entire article is short and worth a quick read if you are interested in this subject. It is found here.