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Self-Esteem: The New Reformation Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1987


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove (1987)
  • ASIN: B002YA7ZIE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,028,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is new for Christianity, but not new for philosophy.
Roman Nies
If you've read some of Dr. Schuller's other books, this one will help you put the pieces of the possibility thinking puzzle together.
David Spuria
This pseudo theology has no place in a Christian's life.
James Shannon

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Proud American Conservative on December 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the worst theological book ever written. Schuller is twisting the Scriptures out of proportion in order to steer the church in the direction. This is exactly what has happened since the publication of this book back in 1982. Schuller however, does begin with some good points, such as the issues of sin, salvation, and hell, but he offers the wrong solution. He thinks that if we recognize that we are sinful, then we cannot accept the saving grace that God offers. GIVE ME A BREAK! You would have to be Biblically illiterate and stupid to believe this. Yet this is exactly what Schuller has said in this book. In Schuller's world, the only immoral people are in his words "legalists" (Christians with strong moral convictions). His ministry, closely aligned to the tolerance movement popular in today's culture, has simply told us "Come just as you are. You don't need to change to be here. You don't need to change the way you dress, you don't need to change anything. Come just as you are. These words are included in many of the lyrics of today's Contemporary Christian Music songs. I guess the narrow gate (Matthew 7:13) gets tossed out the window. Is it any wonder why our churches in America today, are not taking sin seriously. Is it any wonder why the Episcopalian church in New Hampshire endorsed an openly homosexual bishop, even though he divorced his wife, and began having sexual relations with another man. Or how about the church in California who ran ads, depicting them as open and tolerant toward homosexuals (December 2004). The Bible clearly says that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27). Do these people get it? But then they would say "our God doesn't care about all the moral hang-ups that you people worry about. God is a loving God.Read more ›
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Brian G Hedges on September 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
The last two decades have certainly seen a reformation in the church as it has adopted the self-esteem gospel as the heart of its message, and Robert Schuller is one of the prophets of this movement. But, unlike the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century, this reformation is moving the church further away from God's Word, not closer. Schuller sounds orthodox at first. He uses familiar catchphrases of the Bible: sin, salvation, kingdom of God. For example, he writes: "I am convinced that the deepest of all human needs is salvation from sin and hell." But, unfortunately, Schuller means something different by those words than what you might think. Understanding sin to be "rebellion against God" is "shallow and insulting the human being." Schuller defines sin as "any act or thought that robs myself or another human being of his or her self-esteem" and hell as "the loss of pride that naturally follows separation from God." And what is God? Schuller refers to him as "the ultimate and unfailing source of our soul's sense of self-respect." "Lack of faith" is defined as "a profoundly deep sense of unworthiness." The cross of Christ is seen as "God's price tag on a human soul." And "the most serious sin is the one that causes me to say, `I am unworthy.' Schuller goes so far as to say that: "once a person believes he is an `unworthy sinner,' it is doubtful if he can really honestly accept the saving grace God offers in Jesus Christ." The kingdom of God is not the reign and rule of Jesus Christ but the "community of caring and Christ-inspired, compassionate people, who are committed to building a self-respecting society of persons whose inalienable right to self-worth controls communications, evangelism, economics, social ethics, and political systems. What about self-denial?Read more ›
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
If you consider yourself a Christian and believe that the Word of God is divinely inspired and infallible, you will be insulted by the heresies contained in this book. If, on the other hand, you don't care what the Bible has to say about sin, redemption, the atoning work of Jesus on the Cross (Schuller says Jesus did this so that He would not become egotistical!) and other crucial issues of Christianity, and you just want to feel good about yourself, read away! Please look at some articles on the internet and see for yourself before you buy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roman Nies on March 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When Martin Luther started the reformation of the Christianity five hundred years ago, he could not foresee how necessary it turned out to be to go back to the roots of the Christian faith, the simple Word of God. Sola Scriptura has been the call of the Protestants since then. So what for is a new reformation? Robert Schuller has it in the Title: self-esteem. That is strange, two thousand years long Christians were totally wrong when they denied their selfs, as Jesus had advised them. Now some very clever people come and ad to the sola scriptura something which seems to be necessary, according to the author, to find rest and peace.
The book begins with a quotation of a University professor of psychiatry who congratulates Schuller for his promotions. "you have pursued a religious route and I have pursued a scientific path, and we have both arrived at the same bottom line: unconditional self-esteem...I would say man`s deepest flaw is to mistrust himself...Perhaps we are at an area why psychiatric and religious thinking can be synergetic..."
To this Schuller agrees. Christians need Christ plus psychology. Christians like him tray to integrate psychology in theology. Why is this? The author says it is just for the psychologic health of the people. But why has the Bible no psychology in it. I mean the conclusion is apparent, either the Bible is incomplete and erroneously claiming that you need only faith in Christ to be healed spiritually or psychology is a worldly means to make ends meet with whatsoever asked for results.
Schuller says "the church needs more than anything else" this new reformation "nothing less will do". So, Jesus Christ also will not do! This is a confession only the Catholic church held so far.
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