Meet the Editors
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
Martin Bobgan holds four university degrees, including a doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado and heads PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries. Deidre Bobgan holds an M.A. degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the honorary academic society Phi Beta Kappa. Together they have coauthored twenty-five books, some published by Bethany House, Moody Press, and Harvest House. Deidre has also written The Beauty of the Disciplined Life by Grace through Faith. God has further blessed them with four children, ten grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Martin’s doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Colorado qualified him for the Clinical Psychologist license in California, for which he never applied. After reviewing the many often conflicting theories and therapies along with their often contradictory techniques, they realized the whole business of psychotherapy was a hoax and were alarmed to see it coming into the church.
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We have been writing for many years about psychological theories and practices, warning Christians against becoming psychotherapists. In our writings we have revealed that the theories and practices called psychotherapy are not science. There are many disciplines, which are branches of knowledge, and psychotherapeutic theories and practices are simply branches of knowledge: they are not science. Just because clinical psychology classes, which train students and prepare them for licensure, are university classes does not mean they are science or that psychotherapy is a scientific practice. Rather, it is a discipline, just as philosophy and religious studies are disciplines, with their many diverse ideas and practices. Since psychotherapy is a discipline and not a science, it allows for much creativity and diversity among the over 500 different psychotherapies and thousands of techniques. The difference between psychotherapy being a discipline and not a science has escaped the understanding of most in the church, which results in many Christians across America becoming psychotherapists and many in the church welcoming them as if they provide scientific therapy.
A further confusion about psychotherapy and science has to do with the use of scientific research methods to investigate the success or failure of a given theory or treatment procedure. Some people assume that psychotherapy is a science because of the research conducted in the field. Although it is true that research employs scientific methods, it does not follow that whatever is being investigated is scientific. Many nonscientific and even occult practices are investigated by scientific research procedures. The scientific method has been used to investigate everything from art to Zen and from prayer to politics.
Nevertheless, this great myth (widely held, but false belief) regarding psychotherapeutic theories and therapies is believed and trusted throughout the church and its institutions. Christians trust such psychologically based counseling, because of the seeming safety and security of “science falsely so called,” (1 Tim. 6:20). Dr. Thomas Szasz, one of the best-known psychiatrists of the 20th century, authored a very honest, forthright book about his own profession, titled The Myth of Psychotherapy. In it he exposed psychotherapy as being neither a scientific nor medical treatment, which we have also been saying for many years.
One major thrust of our ministry is to expose the fallacies, foolishness, and downright sinfulness of what we call psychoheresy that has invaded all levels of the church. We are thankful to the Lord for all who help us with this titanic task.
Contending for the Faith,
Martin and Deidre Bobgan
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