place where one can keep one’snfurniture and other possessions.nHomelessness is life withoutnone’s own home.nThe articles in the policy and programnsection provide even less guidancenthan the “descriptive” pieces. Theirnauthors are either urban planners, housingnauthorities, architects, or politicians.nHence there is no discussion of deinstitutionalizationnof the mentally 01,nalcoholism, or family dissolution—allnmajor issues in homelessness.nThe policy section is much too generalnand theoretical to serve as a guidenfor decision makers. Nevertheless, thenbook appears to have an ideologicalnperspective. The homeless, according tonthis assumption, are in their wretchednstate primarily because of the dearth ofn”affordable housing,” and the lack ofnsaid housing is due to current administrationnpolicies.nTwo quotations Olustrate this particularnview. “As long as the distribution ofnshelter security remains tied to incomenand social class, the poor will bear thenburden of going homeless,” writes onencontributor. This cannot be of muchnhelp to communities earnestly seekingnsolutions to the homeless problem butnwhich are dedicated to a democratic andncapitalistic approach. Can you imaginen”shelter security” (apartments? houses?)nnot being tied to income in America?nOtherwise, our economic systemncollapses.nThe other quotation is from MarionMOVING?nLET US KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!nTo assure uninterrupted delivery ofnChronicles, please notify us in advance.nSend change of address on this form withnthe mailing label from your latest issue ofnChronicles to: Subscription Department,nChronicles, P.O. Box 800, Mount Morris,nIllinois 61054.nNamenAddress.nCitynState_ _Zip_n401 CHRONICLESnCuomo, governor of New York: “If wenare to keep our economy strong andnour nation powerful … we must beginnto see that regarding America as ancommunity is not some grandiose idealn… In New York we have tried to donthis, not only in tending to the needs ofnthe homeless, but in taking on allnchallenges that government faces —nfrom education to AIDS.” This isnrhetoric, and aside from being optimisticnit offers little help with the massivenproblems New York and the rest of thencountry face. New York City has thenlargest population of street people innthe nation. It pays unbelievably largensums to keep the “welfare hotels” full,nhas half of all the AIDS patients in thenworld, and a troubled education system.nThe authors should have lookednat Cuomo’s track record before theynentered him in the race. Homelessnessnis much too serious a problem to leavento the trivializations of political pundits.nDan McMurry is associate professornof sociology at Middle Tennessee StatenUniversity in Murfreesboro.nWorshiping thenGolden Selfnby Haven Bradford GownMan and Mind: A ChristiannTheory of Personality, edited bynThomas Burke, Hillsdale, MI:nHillsdale College Press.nAre religion and psychology enemies ornallies? Can religion and psychologynpeacefully coexist? Can religion andnpsychology work together for the sake ofnsocial progress? Man and Mind, annanthology of thought-provoking essays,nseeks to provide answers to these questions.nThe essayists are united in theirnconviction that most modern psychologistsnconsider psychology a good secularnsubstitute for religion. New YorknUniversity professor Paul Vitz contendsnthat modern psychology has, inneffect, become a kind of religion,nnamely, a form of secular humanismnbased on the worship of the self. InnVitz’s measured judgment, “the overridingnreligious character of so muchnpsychology is its tendency to replacennnGod with the self. Intrinsic humannpride and narcissism seem to havenfound one of their more effective expressionsnin modern psychology—andiscipline that substitutes for the ancient,nno longer appealing worship ofnthe Golden Calf what might perhapsnbe called today’s psychological worshipnof the Golden Self” Many persons, itnseems, who never would attempt tonconfess their sins to a priest in anconfessional box now try to achieve anfalse sense of self-esteem and selfacceptancenby confiding their mistakes,nsecrets, and innermost thoughts to anpsychoanalyst, a sex therapist, or membersnof an “encounter group.”nAccording to William Kirk Kilpatricknof Boston University, psychology isnwoefully inadequate to help peoplenunderstand and cope with life. Dr.nKilpatrick observes: “Why isn’t secularnpsychology enough? It offers plausiblenexplanations, good insights, good techniques.nIt offers very good pills. But itndoesn’t offer the one thing that peoplenrequire most: a sense of meaning.”nIndeed, it is sad but true that,- asnKilpatrick continues, “we can even saynthat the psychological sciences tend tonreduce meaning. One comes awaynfrom the psychology textbooks with thenfeeling that though life now seemsnmore explainable, it somehow seemsnless meaningful. Everything wenthought was of value gets explainednaway. Symphonies and paintings turnnout to be sublimations of the sex drivenor productions of the right brain hemisphere.nLove turns out to be a matternof stimulus and response or a series ofntransactions conditioned by family patterns.”nKilpatrick rightly insists that a majornproblem with secular psychology is thatn”not only is the noble side of ournnature reduced, so is the ignoble side.nWe are allowed to be neither saints nornsinners because, as it turns out, there isnno sin; only synapses.”nCertainly one sure sign of a corruptnsociety is the deification of the self, ofnone’s selfish ego. David Riesman ofnHarvard maintains that our society isnsuffering from a decline in nationalnmorality as a direct result of ournnarcissistic preoccupation.n”Egocentrism,” he writes, “is nownwidely peddled as a therapeutic meansnto encourage self-assertion; and peoplenbuy books and attend seminars inn