Religion: How to Cure the Preacher

For the man who has been chosen to be a minister of God, the test of faith is no longer the only test he must pass. He may be given the Thematic Apperception Test, the Interpersonal Check List, the Miller Analogies Test, the Strong Vocational Interest Blank, the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory. The Lutheran Church of America now gives all of its seminarians most of these tests—and not to keep neurotics out so much as to help them once they get in.

"We continue to ordain known pre-psychotics and schizophrenics," says the Rev. J. Victor Benson, the...

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