Evangelical renewal therapy: a proposal for integration of religious values into psychotherapy

Psychol Rep. 1991 Dec;69(3 Pt 2):1099-106. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1991.69.3f.1099.


The importance of incorporating religious values into psychotherapy that is used in treating the mental health needs of Evangelical Christians was examined. Rationality and pathology were analyzed from an Evangelical Christian perspective. Guilt was seen as the primary psychological consequence of self-defeating behaviors. Evangelical Renewal Therapy was offered in response to the apparent need for a religious psychotherapy that would focus on the mental health needs of Evangelical Christians. The Atheistic Ideation Complex purports that atheistic ideations as measured by the Atheistic Ideation Reference Scale lead to unwanted emotional consequences. Repentance, the process of change in Evangelical Renewal Therapy, is achieved through the analysis of moral action, rebuke, confession, prayer, recompense, and mortification through good works.

MeSH terms

  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Humans
  • Morals*
  • Psychotherapy / methods*
  • Religion and Psychology*
  • Social Values*