Elrena Evans looks at Crying It Out from a Christian Point of View in Christianity Today. This is not a new article, but I just found it. It is a response to an article in Psychology Today called, Dangers of Crying It Out by Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D.
Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas has uploaded a video from FOX News in which “SMU Psychology Professor George Holden, who specializes in child-parent relationships and positive child rearing, talks critically about Michael and Debi Pearl’s book “To Train Up A Child,” which advocates spanking.” More information about Professor Holden here.
Rachel Stone of Christianity Today takes a close look at To Train Up A Child in When Child Discipline Becomes Abuse. I notice that she linked to my blog which I much appreciate. She obviously read TTUAC with a critical eye and really “gets it.”
Glen E. Chatfield, of The Watchman’s Bagpipes, Analyzes Bill Gothard’s IBLP Basic Seminar Textbook which could prove very useful to many, even if they do not necessarily agree with everything Brother Glen has posted. Here is a large excerpt from his intro:
I have to state up front that the principles taught in this text are indeed good principles. The premises of the lessons are generally to be commended. The problem seems to be with the method of teaching, which revolves around a lot of erroneous ideas. In my review of the text, I found the following problem areas were manifested:1. Misapplication of Scripture2. Poor teaching (this is just my opinion)3. Poor hermeneutics4. De facto claim of extra-biblical revelation5. Poor doctrinal teaching6. Superstition/mysticism7. Cultish teaching8. Lack of credibility9. Faulty logic10. Pop psychology11. Unbiblical teaching12. Personal opinion given Biblical authority13. Scripture twisting14. Legalism
What follows is a page-by-page analysis of the problems I found.
In another post he examines Bill Gothard’s ATI Textbook. He introduces that examination by saying:
This will not be a detailed analysis, but a highlight of some of what I determined to be the more problematic areas. The entire text has much misapplication and twisting of Scripture to make false claims seem Biblical.
Although the “Operational Definitions” are in the back of the text (pp.355-358), I will address them first because I think they really show where the problems lie with Gothard’s way of thinking.
The remainder of this analysis will be in page order, with as short of commentary as possible.
Stay tuned for analyses of other Gothard textbooks some day in the future.
I generally do not link to non-Christian arguments for the reason that they are rarely of any use to us. They will rarely convince a Christian and I have yet to see a non-Christian which needs convincing.
I am linking to the article below because what I see here is a challenge to Christians to speak out against this teaching. We have been doing just that and I am saddened to see that she has been forced to close her article to comments. I can only image what kind of response she received to cause her to take such a drastic step within 24 hours. I am hoping that she will find this site, as well as TulipGirl’s list of those who are speaking out and the follow up here.
I am also linking to this because I do track mentions of this issue in the Mainstream media.
Child Death by a Thousand Cuts in California by Jean Mercer of Psychology Today
This has also been posted at ChildMyths.