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Christianity is Not a Crutch

Author: Dave Arnold

Armand M. Nicholi, M.D., Jr., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Years ago, he “stressed that Christianity is not a crutch, but vitalized a person in four areas necessary to emotional maturity: 1. The capacity to love another person, and become aware of his or her needs. 2. A sound, consistent conscience with well-informed moral precepts. 3. A sense of personal identity, and of how others feel. 4. The realization that one will die, and a way of coping with this prospect.” 1

“Therefore, if anyone is united with the Anointed One, that person is a new creation. The old life is gone – and see – a new life has begun! All of this is a gift from our Creator, God, who has pursued us, and brought us into a restored and healthy relationship with Him through the Anointed” (2 Corinthians 5:1718).

“Christianity is not a theory or speculation, but a life; not a philosophy of life, but a life and living process” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).2

1. Shock it to Me Doctor, by A. Dudley Dennison, M.D., p. 62


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