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Psychology has exploded across the academic and popular landscape in the last hundred years. Dozens of schools of thought have arisen and thousands of books have been written on the nature of our personalities, our development, our relationships and our inner well-being. All of this has been of interest (and sometimes of concern) to Christians because of the importance we Psychology has exploded across the academic and popular landscape in the last hundred years. Dozens of schools of thought have arisen and thousands of books have been written on the nature of our personalities, our development, our relationships and our inner well-being. All of this has been of interest (and sometimes of concern) to Christians because of the importance we place on a correct understanding of human nature. Psychology often seems disconnected from, if not antithetical to, Christian perspectives on life. How do we relate our cherished Christian beliefs about persons to what secular versions of psychology tell us? In this book are gathered four models of the relationship of psychology and Christianity. David Powlison (Westminster Theological Seminary) offers the biblical counseling model. The levels-of-explanation model is advanced by David G. Myers (Hope College), while Gary Collins (former executive director of American Association of Christian Counselors) introduces the integration model. The Christian psychology model is put forth by Robert C. Roberts (Baylor University). Each of the contributors responds to the other essayists, noting points of agreement as well as problems they see. Editors Eric L. Johnson and Stanton L. Jones also provide an introduction to the history of Christians and psychology as well as a conclusion that considers what might bind the four views together and how a reader might evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of each view.


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Psychology has exploded across the academic and popular landscape in the last hundred years. Dozens of schools of thought have arisen and thousands of books have been written on the nature of our personalities, our development, our relationships and our inner well-being. All of this has been of interest (and sometimes of concern) to Christians because of the importance we Psychology has exploded across the academic and popular landscape in the last hundred years. Dozens of schools of thought have arisen and thousands of books have been written on the nature of our personalities, our development, our relationships and our inner well-being. All of this has been of interest (and sometimes of concern) to Christians because of the importance we place on a correct understanding of human nature. Psychology often seems disconnected from, if not antithetical to, Christian perspectives on life. How do we relate our cherished Christian beliefs about persons to what secular versions of psychology tell us? In this book are gathered four models of the relationship of psychology and Christianity. David Powlison (Westminster Theological Seminary) offers the biblical counseling model. The levels-of-explanation model is advanced by David G. Myers (Hope College), while Gary Collins (former executive director of American Association of Christian Counselors) introduces the integration model. The Christian psychology model is put forth by Robert C. Roberts (Baylor University). Each of the contributors responds to the other essayists, noting points of agreement as well as problems they see. Editors Eric L. Johnson and Stanton L. Jones also provide an introduction to the history of Christians and psychology as well as a conclusion that considers what might bind the four views together and how a reader might evaluate the relative strengths and weaknesses of each view.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Joel

    A helpful interaction between four perspectives on Psychology and Christianity within the Christian counseling sphere. Each author writes an essay on the topic, and each author responds to each essay. It is really helpful to see the perspectives laid out with the criticisms and commendations all in one volume. The book is a bit dated, but not too severely, as it is ten years old. There have been developments in the conversation since then. But this is a really helpful introduction to the perspec A helpful interaction between four perspectives on Psychology and Christianity within the Christian counseling sphere. Each author writes an essay on the topic, and each author responds to each essay. It is really helpful to see the perspectives laid out with the criticisms and commendations all in one volume. The book is a bit dated, but not too severely, as it is ten years old. There have been developments in the conversation since then. But this is a really helpful introduction to the perspectives.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    This was a good summary of the various Christian approaches to psychology (one of the views is more of a psychological approach to Christianity). This was a second hand purchase from Hastings, and I later found that there has sense been published a second more comprehensive and up to date edition This was a good summary of the various Christian approaches to psychology (one of the views is more of a psychological approach to Christianity). This was a second hand purchase from Hastings, and I later found that there has sense been published a second more comprehensive and up to date edition

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    Presents four different Xian views - neat format and approach; stays free of judgement and evaluation. This proved immensely helpful for my personal learning about the various camps prior to my counseling degree.....

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laurent Dv

    Good books on four perspectives on this subject. The first is oriented toward a sociology and biology, the second toward an explicit fusion of psychology and christianity, the third toward historical theology and the fourth toward explicit exegesis and a suspicion of secular psychology. What is bad is that you don't see so much differences other than degree or explicit and implicit will to keep what is good in secular psychology. There is a difference of emphasis on practice and theory, maybe on Good books on four perspectives on this subject. The first is oriented toward a sociology and biology, the second toward an explicit fusion of psychology and christianity, the third toward historical theology and the fourth toward explicit exegesis and a suspicion of secular psychology. What is bad is that you don't see so much differences other than degree or explicit and implicit will to keep what is good in secular psychology. There is a difference of emphasis on practice and theory, maybe only Powlison deal with counseling as a day-to-day issue.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marie Tankersley

    For thesis

  6. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Joshua

    Finally got around to reading this. My Psychology professor from community college gave me this at his Christmas party years ago.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    This introductory text offers a variety of perspectives regarding the relationship between psychology and Christianity: from the more science-based levels-of-explanation view to the more anti-scientific Biblical counseling view (including the middle ground views of integration and Christian Psychology). Beyond issues particular to psychology, the text raises more general questions of the relationship between faith and science. While the booked helped to distinguish between views, it offered lit This introductory text offers a variety of perspectives regarding the relationship between psychology and Christianity: from the more science-based levels-of-explanation view to the more anti-scientific Biblical counseling view (including the middle ground views of integration and Christian Psychology). Beyond issues particular to psychology, the text raises more general questions of the relationship between faith and science. While the booked helped to distinguish between views, it offered little help in evaluation. In all, I still feel lost between the numerous options. B

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    "How do we relate our cherished Christian beliefs about persons to what secular versions of psychology tell us? In this book are gathered four models of the relationship of psychology and Christianity." "How do we relate our cherished Christian beliefs about persons to what secular versions of psychology tell us? In this book are gathered four models of the relationship of psychology and Christianity."

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