Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Where Psychology and (Xtian) Theology Meet

Do we really need another book about Psychology and Christianity? I say that because the book in question is only dealing with Christian theology. And the pros and cons about mixing the two have just about been done to death. I'm sure Psychology benefits from a spiritual perspective -- refer to the works of Jung as well as the concept of Spiritual Emergency (or, simply, Emergence). And, although there are fraud psychologists or psychiatrists out there, I would imagine that folks who dismiss psychology would be lumped into the same weird bin as Tom Cruise or these people. Anyway, this seems like a fairly good (or at least "fair" as in "fair minded") review of Why Psychology Needs Theology.
Where Psychology and Theology Meet By The Rev. Curtis Hart (July 6, 2006) One reviewer argues that Why Psychology Needs Theology betrays a lack of interdisciplinary dialogue

Title: Why Psychology Needs Theology: A Radical-Reformation Perspective (206 pages. $24 paperback) Author: Alvin Dueck and Cameron Lee, eds. Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. Eerdmans, 2005. The goal of psychology, at least in part, is to enhance personal fulfillment. What modern psychologists ignore, though, is that self-denial is key to attaining this fulfillment... One drawback: The book's idiom -- an extended effort to arrive at a viable Christian psychology -- makes it quite inaccessible to non-Christians, particularly non-Protestants...

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