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Sin, Pride & Self-Acceptance: The Problem of Identity in Theology & Psychology

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What is at the root of the problem of humanity? Is it pride or lack of self-esteem? Do we love ourselves too much or too little? The debate about the human condition has often been framed this way in both theological and psychological circles. Convictions about preaching, teaching, marriage and child rearing, as well as politics, social welfare, business management and the ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published July 5th 2003 by IVP Academic (first published June 30th 2003)
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Wil Roese
Some such as St. Augustine and Reinhold Niebuhr believe the fundamental problem with people is too much pride while others such as Carl Rodgers believe the maim problem is a lack of self-esteem. Terry Cooper does an excellent job of bringing these apparently mutually exclusively views together. He starts with Kierkegaard's anxiety which leads to pride and the substitution of ourselves or others for the center of our lives. This leads to an idealized-self. When we are are not able to live up to o ...more
Wayne Larson
Fantastic book. The Niebuhrian/Augustinian call to prideful man's self-renunciation and the Rogerian call to self-actualization need not be seen as incompatible as they first appear.
This is incredibly thorough & well researched, the author deals with the most basic struggle we as humans have with(in) ourselves, what is it? Pride? Low Self-Esteem (insecurity)? Cooper ultimately argues that pride and insecurity are really two different sides of the same coin. One will find this helpful in counseling & understanding human struggle, give you a better grip on the complexities of our sin & sinfulness & what drives us towards the sins we do commit.

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