Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on 21st Century Christianity – IPhA Faith, Psychology and Social Justice Working Group (Part 1)


This panel will examine how Christianity was transformed over the centuries from a variant of prophetic Judaism into its dominant form today as an otherworldly belief system; how its Protestant Evangelical variant in the United States functions as a state religion; and how movements of authentic spiritual renewal can create a different future for this major world religion that is more consistent with the healing and transformative vision of its founder.

Short bio:

Charles “Carlos” Gourgey, PhD, LCAT, MT-BC, is a board certified and New York State licensed music therapist. He has over 20 years of experience working in hospices and nursing homes, and for 10 years was Music Therapist for Cabrini Hospice in New York City. He has published articles on psychology and religion in various journals, notably Modern Psychotherapy, Hospice Magazine, Spiritual Life, Clergy Journal, Pulpit Digest, Fellowship in Prayer, and Journal of Religion, Disability, and Health.

Marc-André Cotton, MA, is an independent scholar and advocate of children. With his late wife and therapist Sylvie Vermeulen, he is the founder of the French website Regard conscient, a research project whose purpose is to bring to light the links between repressed sufferings and their acting out on the different stages of life. He has published numerous articles on PH related topics, eventually serving as IPhA’s International Vice President since 2014. He regularly writes for French magazine PEPS, a quarterly dedicated to positive parenting, and lectures in parental education. He’s the author of In the Name of the Father, the Bush Years and the Legacy of Violence in Childrearing, published in French in 2014.

Brian D’Agostino, Ph.D. is President of the International Psychohistorical Association. He is the author of peer reviewed research in political psychology, numerous articles on psychohistory and public affairs, and The Middle Class Fights Back: How Progressive Movements Can Restore Democracy in America.  Visit his website at