Behaviorism teaches the self-referetially absurd notion that we believe what we believe because our environment so conditions us.
In this article, R.C. Sproul Jr. touches on Skinner’s behaviorism and how it has infiltrated modern thought. What is missing from this dialogue is how it has also crept into conservative Christian circles (especially in homeschooling circles) via Michael and Debi Pearl’s book to Train Up a Child. In this book, the Pearl’s rely heavily upon behaviorism and pagan theories of behavior modification. They encourage parents to train up their children as they would a barnyard animal and modify their behavior via an intricate system of rewards and punishments. Why? Because Michael Pearl believes the Pelagian doctrine that the human will is capable of holiness apart from God’s saving intervention. He teaches that through a system of rewards and punishments, the process of sanctification begins well before a child is regenerated. And this behaviorism (not touched on in this article) is ripe in conservative reformed circles. For a brief introduction to behaviorism and the pagan foundation of behaviorism, read Behaviorism: Slavery and Indignity
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