A Psychotherapist's View. By Albert Ellis, Ph.D.
Why do people accept religion--even when its doctrines don't make any sense? Dr. Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational-emotive Therapy, has a startling but simple answer to this question; religiosity is a form of mental illness. But according to him, it is a condition easily overcome.
In the two short essays reprinted in this American Atheist Press booklet, Dr. Ellis outlines his position just as it appears in their titles: The Case Against religion: A Psychotherapist's View and The Case Against Religiosity. First, of course, he discusses just what personality traits a healthy human should have: self interest, self-direction, tolerance, acceptance of uncertainty, flexibility, scientific thinking, commitment, risk taking and self-acceptance.
Then follows a discussion of just what constitutes religiosity and how its traits compare to that set of attributes that define emotional and mental wellness.
In a day and age of growing numbers of cults, Dr. Ellis presents a reasoned argument for his conclusion that "unbelief, skepticism, and thorough going Atheism not only abet but are practically synonymous with mental health." Introduction by Jon G. Murray.
57 pp. Stapled.