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Exploring Psychology and Christian Faith: An Introductory Guide (edition 2014)

by Donald J. Tellinghuisen (Author)

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Introductory psychology courses can raise significant questions about the nature of being human. Christianity, with its emphasis on humans made in the image of God, has a clear perspective. Psychology offers answers too, but they are often subtly implied. This introductory guide, drawn from more than fifty years of classroom experience, provides students with a coherent framework for considering psychology from a Christian perspective. The authors explore biblical themes of human nature in relation to all major areas of psychology, showing how a Christian understanding of humans can inform the study of psychology. Brief, accessible chapters correspond to standard introductory psychology textbooks, making this an excellent supplemental text. End-of-chapter questions are included. A test bank for professors is available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.… (more)
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A great resource exploring psychology and Christianity: the points of contact, the points of agreement and disagreement, and attempting to make sense of what can and cannot be known.

The authors have written the resource so as to help introductory psychology students reconcile their Christian faith with what they are learning from their classes. I am not a psychology student but have heard many things about psychology and found the book helpful both to explain current ideas in psychology as well as where there is agreement and disagreement with Christianity.

The authors first set forth the major themes which are of interest in psychology but also in Christianity; they discuss various psychological theories, their strengths and weaknesses, and their relationship to Christian ideas; they talk about various aspects of self, thought, emotion, and actions, and the psychological and Christian take on such things; the book ends with discussions of "normalcy"/mental disorders and the place of therapy.

The authors provide an appropriately "ecumenical" position for their task, not imposing any particular denominational flavor on the material even though at times it might have been possible (Calvinism). They find value in psychology but do not become apologists for it; they clearly lay out the difficulties the theories engender, what the evidence does and does not point to, and are able to find ways of showing how one can remain fully committed to historic/orthodox Christianity and find a way forward in psychology.

A useful introductory resource for anyone seeking to make sense of psychology in Christian terms.

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Introductory psychology courses can raise significant questions about the nature of being human. Christianity, with its emphasis on humans made in the image of God, has a clear perspective. Psychology offers answers too, but they are often subtly implied. This introductory guide, drawn from more than fifty years of classroom experience, provides students with a coherent framework for considering psychology from a Christian perspective. The authors explore biblical themes of human nature in relation to all major areas of psychology, showing how a Christian understanding of humans can inform the study of psychology. Brief, accessible chapters correspond to standard introductory psychology textbooks, making this an excellent supplemental text. End-of-chapter questions are included. A test bank for professors is available through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.

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