Trailer ✓ Whatever Became of Sin? PDF by ☆ Karl A. Menninger

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For many years the name Karl Menninger has been almost synonymous in America with the science and the practice of psychiatry.
His book THE HUMAN MIND introduced that branch of medicine to the American public in 1930.
In the present book Dr.
Menninger attempts to apply psychiatry to a worldwide affliction, the depression, gloom, discouragement and apprehensiveness which are so prevalent.
The word "sin" has almost disappeared from our vocabulary, but the sense of guilt remains in our hearts and minds.
The prisoners punished in our jails are a small minority of all the offenders; "all we like sheep have gone astray.
" While a few deplore their guilt, many remain blandly indifferent or vaguely depressed or bitterly accusatory of others.
Are these states of illness? Not until the EPILOGUE, which he calls a deferred preface, does the author tell us how he came to write this book and how he has come from from many years of experience to consider moral values an essential aspect of psychiatry.
If, as he believes, mental health and moral health are identical, the recognition of the reality of sin offers to the suffering struggling, anxious world a real hope not of belated treatment but of prevention.
This task enlists the physician, the psychiatrist, the minister, the lawyer, the editor, the teacher, and the mother in a common army an army against selfdestruction and world destruction.
About the author: DR.
KARL MENNINGER , along with his father and brother later his son and nephews developed a psychiatric center in Topeka, Kansas, known now all over the world.
He has written a dozen books and belongs to a score of national psychiatric organizations, several of which he founded.
" This book was written about 50 years ago, however we are still facing eerily similar realities.
How should a society respond to collective sin? Who is responsible for leading the moral charge? Menninger shares his thoughts through the perspective of a psychiatrist.
It is thought provoking and angering.
This is one of those books that sat on my shelf unread for a number of years.
I wrote the acquisition date 11/22/85 on the front cover, a little over three decades later I finally got around to reading this book.
I had heard of this volume sometime in my college years used as a sermon illustration and was intrigued by the title.
At first glance I assumed it would be something of a call for a return to traditional morality and view of right and wrong.
This book is hardly that.
Menninger was a psychiatrist who decried the way that society had moved away from calling sin, sin.
He documents how many things which would have been called sin by an earlier generation are now called a symptom, a sickness, or a crime.
Further, some things which have only been considered bad policy or governmental ineptitude should be considered sin.

I found Menninger’s approach interesting but impractical.
He speaks of sin only in terms of the impact of actions on our fellow human beings.
There is no discussion of an ultimate morality, a law giver whose will can be violated.
Still, he calls upon clergy to preach a prophetic message of denunciation of war, ecological harm, and an unjust penal system.
What’s more, he says at least twice that there is little difference between the great world religions.
All, at heart, are preaching against egocentrism and all say the only solution is love.
Apparently, Menninger believed that if we love our fellowman enough we would not sin against him.
I agree that a lack of love can lead to a multitude of sins, but there needs to be a transcending reason for that love.
The Christian answer to that is understanding that all of mankind are made in the image of God.
To sin against our fellow man is ultimately to sin against God.

I found Menninger’s book a good representation of the sort of old school liberalism that was popular in the 1960’s.
He hit all the hot button issues of that day, Vietnam, prison reform, racism, poverty, and ecology.
He is probably right in his assessment that these are sins against humanity, but his only solution seems to be to increase our love.
The only way I think that is possible is through an acknowledgement of humanity’s sinful nature and a spiritual dynamic to change it, the new birth.

Wonderful, if somewhat dated book, that suggests that our hesitation to call things "wrong" or "sins" has resulted in our loss of a moral compass.
Outdated and biased in it's secular worldview of psychology.
Presuppositions of sin and wrath are so far off base from biblical Christianity that ant conclusions he drew were wanting at best.
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