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Psychology & Christianity: Five Views

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How are Christians to understand and undertake the discipline of psychology? This question has been of keen interest (and sometimes concern) to Christians because of the importance we place on a correct understanding of human nature. Psychology can sometimes seem disconnected from, if not antithetical to, Christian perspectives on life. How are we to understand our Christi ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published July 7th 2010 by IVP Academic (first published August 20th 2009)
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This book was helpful in identifying the different views of integration, but the format (One view presented, the four responses, another view, four more responses etc.) made it a bit confusing. I felt that if each of the authors were given a specific set of topics to address in their own chapter, that would have made it more clear and avoided the back and forth format. By the time I got to the fourth response in each chapter I had gotten confused about what the original view was. Also some autho ...more
Kirk Miller
Great book.

At times it felt less like reading a multiple view book and more like reading a collection of complementary essays from very similarly positions. Philosophically, it seems like the latter 4 views are more complementary than contradictory, although the Biblical Counseling view seems like it would differ a bit in terms of practice. Even the authors of these views recognized the complementary reality of their positions. Their main differences seemed to be that of emphasis.

In contrast, I
I must start by saying that Psychology & Christianity: Five Views is easily one of the most helpful books I have ever read on the topic of psychology. This book begins with a history of the Christian influences in the field of psychology. At times this part was dry but it was still cool to see how Christianity has actually had a big influence on the field. The rest of the book contains chapters written by different authors. Each author in the book is writing from their viewpoint on how we as ...more
I read this book several months ago for a series I was doing on science and faith. This book helped me think through the sermon on psychology and faith. I found myself appreciating parts of all five views. Each contributor provided helpful insights into how Christianity and psychology interact (or don't). Probably in the end, I come closest to the integrationist view of Stanton Jones, my previous psychology professor at Wheaton College, and the current provost. At the same time I appreciated con ...more
Scott Carter
This is a good book for being more oriented to the discussion on how Christians view psychology.
Gregory K.
This book only really succeeded in describing Christian ambivalence towards psychology. The five views were not really presented in a way where I could use their material in any practical way in my own life and ministry. I did enjoy the fact that each author of each view was able to critique the other four views. In the end though this whole thing felt too much like an academic exercise.
This second edition provides one new orientation, along with comprehensive reworkings of several of the approaches that appeared in the previous edition. Helpful introduction to the variety of perspectives that a Christian and psychologist might use to approach their discipline.
Jason Robertson
A very well, developed, well-argued, and well-respected look at the discipline of applying God's word to the practice of Psychology. The insights of the authors were all eloquent, respectful, and informative to me as a Psych student.
The editor, Eric Johnson, did some incredible work laying out guidelines for critically evaluating each view, and his closing essay was equally fantastic. This book has provoked a lot of critical thought for me. It's worth re-reading.
Rod White
Enlightening read on the variations brought to the table by Christians seeking a Christ-based approach to the contemporary debates and practices of psychology.
A bit dry and slow but a good read, definitely helpful when thinking about a career in mental health care and how faith plays into it.
Jamie Pennington
Not the best book in the world. No bad but the subject matter just did not hold my attention very much.
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