Psychologists have mostly overlooked the topic of anger toward God. The current study tested an intervention based on the biblical psalms of lament, a consisting of 20 devotional readings and weekly experiential assignments, delivered electronically over a four-week period. A total of 192 college students at Christian institutions across the United States completed the study, and were randomly assigned to the experimental condition, an attention control condition, or a no-contact condition. The expected findings--that the experimental intervention would cause decreased feelings of anger and complaint toward God, as well as increased intimacy with God over time--were not confirmed. However, those participants who reported maximum compliance with the intervention showed increased ratings on Communion with God. Implications are discussed.
Snow, Kimberly N.; McMinn, Mark R.; Bufford, Rodger K.; and Brendlinger, Irv, "Resolving Anger toward God: Lament as an Avenue toward Attachment" (2011). Faculty Publications - Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program. 205.
Originally published in the Journal of Psychology and Theology, 39, 130-142.