Monday, March 28, 2011

Juding a Book by Its Cover...

Christian religious texts are always funny entities. Where they are the didactic tomes of Protestant philosophers, or the interpretations of scripture by quasi-scholars, there is an air of importance to these texts and a tendency for really bad titles.

Neurotics in the Church is a fine example of one of those books that is quite possibly a rational analysis of Protestant behavior within the confines of the religion. However, basically states, "People who go to church are crazy." Nuff said. 

So what is this book exactly about? Religious fanatics or Catholic guilt? Protestant work ethic or fringe holy rollers? Hard to say...But let's look at the book design. It's a little hard to make out, but the book cover features a variation on the classic Rorschach test. It is not a true ink blot test, but known well enough in popular culture to be show a psychological element of the analysis to the text.

A little searching about the book revealed that the author was a Presbyterian minister who tried to combine new techniques in psychology and theology to work with unruly church-goers..

Funny how that works. 

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