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Psychology & Christianity : With Contributions by Gary R. Collins ... Et Al [Paperback]

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Pages   271
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830822631  
EAN  9780830822638  

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Modern psychology often seems at odds with Christian perspectives on human nature. Can Christian counselors bridge the gap between the two without compromising their beliefs? Representing different viewpoints, four contributing scholars discuss the biblical counseling, levels-of-explanation, integration, and Christian psychology models to help you evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and viability of each.

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Stanton L. Jones is provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles on the interface of the science and profession of psychology with Christianity, including Psychology: A Student's Guide and a prominent article in the journal American Psychologist.

David S. Dockery (PhD, University of Texas) is the president of Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, following more than eighteen years of presidential leadership at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is a much sought-after speaker and lecturer, a consulting editor for Christianity Today, and the author or editor of more than thirty books. Dockery and his wife, Lanese, have three sons and six grandchildren.

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Psychology book review  Jan 9, 2007
This book provides insight into the many different views of Psychology from Christian world-views. There are some excellent points made. You may not completely agree with just one of the four views, but it will help to show you where your general beliefs and critiques of psychology are. All four authors are experts in their field of study. I really liked how the book was arranged. Each author has written their own philosophy concerning psychology and Christianity, and following each of the statements the other authors give their critique and response to that view.
perplexing, but quite good  Jul 7, 2006
The format of 4 essay writers each writing their own essay and responding to the other three is fantastically done, even if some of the responses are a little non sequitur. The four positions presented are all rather similar to one another, so at times, it's hard to figure out who's really arguing for what. All of them respect psychology and are committed Christians. But, through the grand tradition of debate, all of them manage to mark out their territory effectively and respectfully. If the both pieces of the title appeal to you, then the book will not disappoint. If you're only interested in one or the other, however, this isn't your book.
Very Entertaining and Enlightening  Dec 30, 2005
As a professor who teaches a seminary course on Psychology and Theology, I require this text every year. As a typical "four views" genre book, it presents four sides of one issue, and gives time for responses to each view from the other three authors.

For anyone wanting to be up-to-date on the primary views of the relationship between psychology and Christianity, this is a must read. Whether you agree with any of the views or not, you will be enlightened. And, you'll be entertained--always a good and often a rare thing with an academic text book.

What this book does well, in particular Powlison's section, is force the reader to think through very specific definitions of terms. When we say "psychology," what exactly do we mean? What type of psychology? What use of psychology? What approach to psychology?

My only minor quibble is with the title of the book. Why not "Psychology and Theology"? The question really is not "should Christians practice psychology (rightly defined)?" Nor is it "should we integrate theology and Christianity?" That makes it seem as if there is no such thing as a biblical psychology or a historical theology of the human soul. The real issue is the relationship between the queen of the sciences (theology) and psychology. Do they cover the same terrain? If so, which if either has preminence, in what area(s), and why? This editorial issue aside, get this book!

Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction." He has also authored "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."
Helpful but flawed  Oct 12, 2002
I am a huge fan of the "4 View" books IVP has published. They are always helpful and worth reading. This one I was particularly excited about. As a pastor who does alot of counseling, reads a lot on the topic, and is pursuing a DMin in the field, I really wanted a book that would help me get a handle on the various models available. While the book was informative, I really think its the least engaging of all the 4 views ones I have read.

My biggest problem was the way it seemed biased agianst the "Biblcial" model (one of the 4 views). Obviously, in every one of these books my own view (if I clearly fall into one of the 4 camps) will be roughly one-quarter of the book. It will be opposed by a 3 to 1 ratio. That's why you read these books. But what I found a little vexing was the way the editors framed the "Biblical" model in their long (and very informative) introductory essay. While giving a fairly balanced presentation of the other 3 models, the Biblical model is largely dismissed. The one figure mentioned is the founder of the movement, Jay Adams. That is appropriate, but the reader is left with the impression that the movement is essentailly Adams-ism. The fact is that the movement took Adams' initial insights and went in a direction that Adams has largely denounced. The book's author of the Biblical view section, for example, (David Powlison) is one who has been very critical of Adams (and vice versa). The editors' seeming disdain for the Biblical model also seems reflected in the concluding chapter.

Still, a helpful work. The packaging and the indeex and bibliograph are also very nice.


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