“Revolt Against Maturity” by Rousas J. Rushdoony
Hardback; 334 pages
The mind of regenerate man experiences radically different motives and presuppositions from those of unregenerate man.
In Revolt Against Maturity, the author sees the central task of Christian Psychology as that of discerning the mind and soul differences that exist between the regenerate and unregenerate. Pastoral counseling should first seek to establish whether or not a person is truly regenerate, and then aid the regenerate to further growth in sanctification.
Work was to have provided the joy of fulfillment in God’s goal of maturity for man, but because of the curse man is often subject to the frustration of meaningless and degrading work. True work is the exercise of dominion over the creation under God. When man’s work is separated from dominion of the created world, he is often subject to moral and religious paralysis and becomes a sick soul.
Man suffers similarly when he abstracts God from reality. Since God created everything, nothing can be interpreted apart from God. When man attempts this impossibility, he suffers psychologically. True knowledge of anything is revelational of God. Thus, an aspect of man’s revolt against maturity and against life is his revolt against knowledge. Psychological damaging is inevitable for those in revolt against the maturity which the God of all life and all knowledge has purposed for man
Theology is essential not only to the study of psychology, but to ethics, anthropology, soteriology, eschatology, etc. Biblical Psychology assumes that man is created in the image of God directly, and not indirectly through theistic- or any other kind of evolution. Being created directly by God, man is not in the process of defining or determining his ontological qualities. Man has already been determined and defined by God. Thus it is God who has established the limits and nature of the mind. Revolt Against Maturity puts the reader back on the correct path to adulthood and growth, reminding him and encouraging him to be and do all things to the glory and worship of God the Creator.