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It is deliciously exciting to read a Bible-believing Christian author whose knowledge of behavior analysis exceeds the college-introduction level of Francis Schaeffer and the facile rationalism of Gordon H. Clark. I wish dearly that I had read Ord’s work when I was in West Virginia University’s graduate program five years ago.
As an American member of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), I own that I have misgivings about Ord’s willingness to apply The Message translation, to pull in the meditation traditions of Roman Catholic mystics, and to adopt the relationship/religion dichotomy that I personally find to be driving young Evangelicals farther and farther away from structured supervision in the Faith.
However, I celebrate her focus on experimental religion over and against the dead faith of verbal behavior about God with no practical wisdom. I revel in her appreciation for the actual message of Ecclesiastes as one of present-minded dependence on God, and I applaud her Luther-esque emphasis on the liberating feeling of knowing that one's self in context is _simul iustus et peccator_.
I have said many times in the course of my graduate education that it is important that behavior analysis learn to play nice with the Judeo-Christian culture it serves if it is to continue to attract business, and Ord's book is a great step in that direction.