After decades of denial, psychologists are accepting that faith might have a role to play in treating patients.

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So strong was the resulting professional prejudice against religious faith that for decades the very origins of academic psychology were deliberately ignored or distorted. Completely eliminated from most textbooks was the fact that the scientific study of mind had begun not with Freud and Watson, but a half-century earlier under the auspices of Princeton’s James McCosh, Yale’s Noah Porter, and other American college presidents, most of whom were ordained ministers. These 19th-century educators assumed long-term happiness to be the result of spiritual discipline and established the first social science courses in the belief that researchers could eventually prove this connection.

The author concedes that, so far, psychology's interest in religion treats it all as one thing, lumping all religious belief systems together as the same, as far as psychological impact is concerned.