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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Kapids Gazelle; Sal., .Marsh t, 1974 3 Sin by Any Other Name Is Still Sin Hy George W. Cornell AP Rtllilon Writer Spreads the Word Wlrepholo TeA head Christophers church in Katlua, leans on the fender of his car that bears the license plate, I physical conditions, Menningen times a great harm to ignore NEVV YORK (AP; One Cxpcrimclllal loiSymP'om-" America's greatest psyeliia- and declares: He says recognizing the fact pride, trisls, Dr. Karl Menninger, says "There is always some envir- of voluntarily willed sin the old religious word, lias almost disappeared from modern usage, but it remains fact of the human condition that exclude either." He cites the traditional list ofj these. I just don't think they deadly sins self-defyingi to proper steps for lust, gluttony, onmental determination and hopeful view always some individual deter- initiation and it is improper to p thc Posslbll'ly of repenting Church Briefs must be recognized to deal wii He says the realities of per sonal "guilt and sin" have beer glossed over as only symptom of emotional illness or environ mental conditioning for whicl the individual isn't considcrcc responsible, but he adds: "There is 'sin'. which can not be subsumed under verba artifacts such as Mc- 'deviancy.' There is mmorality. There is unethica >ehavior. There is wrongdoing." ReaffiYmafi'on He calls for a reaffirmation of he concept of "sin" and of per- sonal responsibility for it. In a new book, called "Whatever Be- came of he declares: "If the concept of personal re- ponsibility and answerability or ourselves and for others vere to return to common ac- ceptance, hope would return to he world with it." Menninger, who pioneered psychiatry in this country and who founded the psychiatric center in Topcka, Kan., that bears his name, says the "sense of personal moral re- sponsibility is faint and ap- parently growing fainter." Challenging the views of such ehavioral scientists as Har- ard's B. F. Skinner that indi- idual acts always are deter- mined by environmental or Responsible But he adds the present popu- lar altitude appears to be that "in the courtroom, everyone is responsible. Elsewhere, almosl no one seems to be." Menningcr says that just as it is inadequate for a clergyman to give only pastoral counseling to a schizophrenic, it is inade- quate for a psychiatrist to treat a symptom like sleeplessness of a man involved in wicked ras- cality. "It docs little good to repent a symptom, but it may do great harm not to repent a he says. "Vice versa, it does little good to merely psy- choanalyze a sin and some- land correcting it. He adds: "The logical, reasonable, ef fective solution for tension re duction in such circumstances i to make atonement, as the theo- logians call it, or as we say, by r e s t i t ulion, acknowlcdgemen and revised tactics." Less Depression The result, he says, "woulc not be more depression, bu less." As the situation now is, he says, "vague, amorphous evi appears all around with the presumption that "no one is responsible, no one guilty" and :hat there is "just nothing to do." Consequently, he adds, "we sink to despairing heip- essness." anger since it im- some of his own waste, cheat- ing, lying, cruelty and says they result from a "wrong atli- YWCA Luncheons! The annual noon Lenten Luncheons for Women will be- I gin Wednesday and continue through April 3 at the YWCA. I The theme for the series is "Make Us Builders of I Peace" and the programs will relate to the theme. j "Sing Out Cedar Rapids" will provide the program on Wednesday. Other programs include Roy Tindal of Youth j for Christ on March 13; Mrs. Norman Barnes of First Lu- i theran church on March 20; Sister Germaine of Regis high I school on March 27, and the Rev. George Moore of Bethel I AME on April 3. I The series is co-sponsored by Church Women United and I the Religious Emphasis committee of the YWCA. tude... an evil heart." "I'm aware that psy- chological jargon can be em- ployed which relates many of them to peculiarities of condi- tioning, special inhibitions, in- teractional incompatibilities anil a dozen olher technical constructs. I wouldn't dispute He says psychoanalysts don't use the word "sin" because ol its "strong reproachful but they believe that qualities ol aggression and self-destruction are evil because they oppose the life principle. He suggests the word "hate" as the composite term for sin, and adds: "In terms of action, the long-term consequences o! hate are self-destruction. Thus the wages of sin really are death." More C.R. Churches Set Mid-Week Lenfen Services Lent began officially Wcdnes- lay and the following churches lave planned special services for Lent. Central Park Presbyterian church began its annual mid- week Lenten services Wednes- day with a singspiration of old and new hymns. Other service >rograms include "Our World Through Wednesday; 'Dr. John Walker (larch 13; March 0; "Lent Through Oriental March 27, and "The Tra- ditional April 3. All services will be held' at 1 i.m. each Wednesday in Lent. Grace Episcopal church an- wunces the following Lenten ervites: The Rev. Thomas 

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