Scott Peck

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M. Scott Peck, M.D. (1936-2005) was unusual among psychiatrists because he professed a belief in God and prayed for divine help. Dr. Peck was the author of The Road Less Traveled and also People of the Lie.


  • ... we do not yet have a body of scientific knowledge about human evil deserving of being called a psychology. Why not? The concept of evil has been central to religious thought for millennia. Yet it is virtually absent from our science of psychology — which one might think would be vitally concerned with the matter. (People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil, pp. 39–40)
  • As well as being the Father of Lies, Satan may be said to be the spirit of mental illness. In The Road Less Traveled I defined mental health as “an ongoing process of dedication to reality at all costs.” Satan is utterly dedicated to opposing that process. In fact, the best definition I have for Satan is that it is a real spirit of unreality. (People of the Lie, p. 207)