A Place for the Church Within Professional Psychology (Report) - Journal of Psychology and Theology

A Place for the Church Within Professional Psychology (Report)

von Journal of Psychology and Theology

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 2010-12-22
  • Genre: Religion und Spiritualität

Inhalt / Beschreibung

There are various reasons why Christian psychologists may resist fully participating in a church community. Among these are historic tensions between science and religion, the complexity of multiple role relationships, cynicism related to clients' negative experiences in religious communities, and differing perspectives on attributions and human nature. Despite these obstacles, there are compelling reasons for psychologists to remain involved in church. Eight of these reasons are described--clustered into professional, relational, and transformational domains--and implications discussed. Nearly two decades ago a colleague published an intriguing and important article, A Place for the Bible within Psychological Science (Johnson, 1992). After identifying obstacles to incorporating Scripture with psychology, Johnson articulated eight roles of Scripture in psychological science, including experiential, foundational, contextual, axiological, anthropological, canonical, dialogical, and creative roles. His was an important contribution to the integration literature for a number of reasons, but primarily because Johnson identified a pertinent risk--that Christian psychologists might overlook Scripture as they turn to scientific understandings of human nature--and then provided compelling reasons for Christian psychologists to stand firm in their valuing of Scripture.