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Why Psychology Needs Theology: A Radical-Reformation Perspective [Paperback]

By Alvin C. Dueck (A01)
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Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 9, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802829074  
EAN  9780802829078  


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Why Psychology Needs Theology shows how Christian insights into human nature can be integrated with psychological theory and suggests ways that a basic understanding of faith might positively impact the therapeutic process. In the first part of the book, Nancey Murphy explores the core assumptions of psychology from the vantage point of her expertise in the philosophy of science. Psychology needs theology and ethics, she argues, to help it address the question of what constitutes a good life. Taking an Anabaptist, or Radical-Reformation, perspective that emphasizes Jesus' vulnerable love for his enemies and renunciation of power, Murphy challenges psychology to take seriously the goodness of self-renunciation. In the second part of the book, other scholars extend and challenge Murphy's model, discussing such topics as gender and culture. All those who work at the intersection of religion and psychology - teachers, pastors, specialists, and professional care providers - will find this exchange fruitful and valuable.

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Why Psychology Needs Theology shows how Christian insights into human nature can be integrated with psychological theory and suggests ways that a basic understanding of faith might positively impact the therapeutic process. In the first part of the book, Nancey Murphy explores the core assumptions of psychology from the vantage point of her expertise in the philosophy of science. Psychology needs theology and ethics, she argues, to help it address the question of what constitutes a good life. Taking an Anabaptist, or Radical-Reformation, perspective that emphasizes Jesus' vulnerable love for his enemies and renunciation of power, Murphy challenges psychology to take seriously the goodness of self-renunciation. In the second part of the book, other scholars extend and challenge Murphy's model, discussing such topics as gender and culture. All those who work at the intersection of religion and psychology - teachers, pastors, specialists, and professional care providers - will find this exchange fruitful and valuable.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Cameron Lee, Ph.D., CFLE is Professor of Family Studiesat Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Dr. Lee is aCertified Family Life Educator through the National Council on Family Relations, a licensed minister and teaching pastor, and a Licensed Trainer for Family Wellness. Lee established and directs the Fuller Institute for Relationship Education (FIRE), which seeks to help congregations create sustainable marriage education ministries through the low-cost training of volunteer leaders.

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Diverse views on the links between psychology and theology  Oct 22, 2009
The first third of this book comprises 3 chapters by Nancey Murphy based on a series of sponsored lectures given by her in 2003 at Fuller Theological Seminar. Her theme: "A radical proposal for integration: Psychology in dialogue with the Anabaptist tradition." The remainder of the book contains 6 responses by scholars mostly from other institutions. I enjoyed reading these chapters, and was moved by Murphy's attempt to use even the cold, abstract tool of Lakatosian methodology to bring the teaching and love of Jesus into secularized psychology. I would have liked, however, to know more about how very diverse branches of psychology can be amenable to Murphy's approach. She seems to have in mind mainly personality theories and theories of social interaction, but not exclusively. The only areas she actually addresses are research on altruism and on forgiveness. These are intended as examples, since she hopes that Christian psychologists will work out her ideas in their particular realms.

In the middle section of the book, professional psychologists take up this difficult challenge with varying success, attempting to extend Murphy's approach to family interactions (M.L. Clements and A.E. Mitchell), distorted views of the self and gender-injustice (C.J. Neal Kimball), the psychological costs of altruism as observed in "Arche" communities (K. Reimer) and the need to extend discussion beyond ethnic and cultural boundaries (J.D. McNeil).

The two final chapters, by B. D. Slife and F.C. Richardson are more critical. The authors, who both combine philosophical sophistication with an interest in psychotherapy, regret among other things the use of a Lakatosian methodology borrowed from the natural sciences.

My overall view is that the book breaks new ground by raising more questions than it answers. It is interesting and worth the attention of those who want to grapple with the implications of theology for psychology.
 

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