ERIC Number: ED192207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Retort to Religious Critics of RET.
Nardi, Thomas J.
This paper is concerned with people who contact clergymen for counseling who could benefit from the short-term directive therapeutic approach of Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) and the reluctance of clergymen to use RET. The integration of the precepts of Christianity and the concepts of RET is considered. This paper is specifically a response to an article by John Sterner (1977) entitled "Is Rational Emotive Therapy Suitable for Pastoral Counseling?" Distortions of RET, out of context quotes and misquotes of Albert Ellis found in the Sterner article are discussed. Similarities between Ellis' RET and Sterner's Rational Theology are presented. This paper also discusses the use of RET in pastoral counseling and in counseling the religious client. Replacing irrational theology with rational theology is discussed, and a third category, non-rational beliefs, is explained. The article concludes with a brief discussion of Dr. Paul Hauck's (1972) book "Reason in Pastoral Counseling" which illustrates the complementary nature of RET and theology. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Rational-Emotive Therapy (3rd, New York, NY, June 6-8, 1980). Best copy available.