James Slobodzien

James Slobodzien

Jim Slobodzien is a Hawaii licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Dr. Slobodzien's credentials include a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University, Honolulu, HI. (1995), a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado Greeley, CO, (1982), and a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Chaminade University Honolulu, HI. (1980). He completed Post-Graduate Education at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation: Westminster Theological Seminary in Laverock, Pennsylvania (1985). He also holds a Doctorate of Ministry degree  ...See more >


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"A spirited revisionist look at Christian doctrine."

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ISBN: 978-1480135802
Page count: 400pp

 

An unconventional, complicated examination of Christianity. 

“What if there was a way to read and really understand the Bible that has been kept hidden for centuries by the professional religious leaders of our mainstream [church]?” Slobodzien asks at the start of the latest edition of his exhaustively researched book. The work began as an essay on the recurrence of the number seven in the Bible (the Seven Deadly Sins, the seven pillars of God’s wisdom, and so on), but it has since grown to its present, extremely detailed state, which incorporates everything from the Apocrypha to the apocalypse to Chinese numerology, Mayan rituals and legends of Atlantis. The author relates it all to 21st-century science and society, spotlighting such varied concepts as quantum physics, dark energy, addiction theory, and the Bible’s stances on alcohol and sex. His main focus on “forms and numbers” leads him into some very complicated research, which he presents with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, but his ultimate goal is simplicity rather than profusion. He frequently mentions the torturous dogma of non-Christian religions (“[T]he Jewish Pharisees believed that they had to obey 613 religious commandments or taboos against specific behaviors to have a right relationship with God”) and stresses that “Jesus came to bring us something new—the New Covenant,” adding: “He did not come to bring us another organized religion called Christianity with temples and a priesthood like Judaism.” Some conclusions he draws may strike readers as bizarre (particularly his contention that the Nazis brought about the Holocaust as revenge against the Jews for their ancient crimes against Aryan culture), and on the whole, his book has little to say to non-Christians or atheists. However, Christian readers will likely find his criticisms of organized religions provocative and his frequent calls to an inner, personal faith, free from the “toxic” perversions of organized religions, reassuring.

A spirited revisionist look at Christian doctrine.

 

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

HAWAII AND CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS ADDICTION: A SURVEY OF ATTITUDES TOWARD HEALTHY SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGIOUS ADDICTION
Christianity

A literature review was conducted on the relatively newly recognized phenomenon of religious addiction within Christianity. The symptoms, beliefs, and stages of religious addiction along with the characteristics of religiously addictive organizations are also considered. In addition a religious attitudes inventory was designed to assess general spirituality, religious addictive beliefs, religious addictive symptoms, and church leadership practices. The author surveyed ministers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the general public to assess the relationship between religious addiction and church leadership. More specifically, the purpose of this survey was to attempt to determine if religious addictive beliefs and symptoms are more positively correlated with churches structured upon a self- selected (authoritarian hierarchial) style of leadership versus an elected (collegial) style of church leadership. In the latter, power and authority is equally vested in each of a number of elected church leaders. The results of this survey suggest the possibility of a positive correlation between the self-selected minister group and their responses to religious addictive beliefs and symptoms. Further study of a prospective nature with larger samples is necessary to define this relationship more clearly. Additional research with onsite observation and assessments is necessary to adequately verify the possible link between religious addiction and church leadership practices. Future research must replicate this study with different samples to determine whether results obtained in the present survey generalize to similar groups.

Published:
ISBN: 1581122101
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POLY-BEHAVIORAL ADDICTION AND THE ADDICTIONS RECOVERY MEASUREMENT SYSTEM (ARMS)
Addictions, Psychology

This book proposes a new diagnosis - "Poly-behavioral Addiction," and provides a framework for understanding and assessing multiple addictions simultaneously. It also provides a multidimensional progress measurement system for practical clinical utilization along with a variety of practical assessment tools.

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ISBN: 1591136903
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CHRISTIAN PSYCHOTHERAPY AND CRIMINAL REHABILITATION
Christian Counseling

This book will focus on the past and present psychological research which has enhanced the integration of psychology and religion. Sweeping generalizations and testimonies of success, unsupported by factual data will not be presented. Articles supporting the idea that Christian conversion is a valid experience in the development of a positive identity will be provided. In addition, an examination of prisoner mental states will be recognized and responded to from a biblical counseling perspective. The design of this investigation will be based upon evaluating certain fundamental Christian behavior characteristics of the conversion experience with the process of personal identity formation. The central theme throughout this book will purport that the Christian faith can play a vital role in the correctional process of an inmate's social adjustment and reintegration into the community.

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ISBN: 1581125399
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Hidden Bible Taboos Forbidden By Organized Christianity