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4-MAT Review: Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity Charlee Alan-Evans University 4-Mat Review: Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity SUMMARY In David Entwistle’s book, Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity (2010), he explores two potentially divergent disciplines: psychology and theology. He then considers whether integration of these two disciplines is attainable, desirable, or necessary (p. 16). The author points out that regardless of the discipline being discussed, everyone formulates their belief system based on their own particular worldview. Entwistle cites a definition of worldview given by James Sire which is particularly apt: “A worldview is a set of…show more content…
I do believe some of these issues are definitely addressed in the Bible, but what is often referred to as “social drinking” is not a clear cut “right” or “wrong”. When I was in college I spent a summer working in ministry with a group of other college-age individuals who whose lifestyle was considerably different than mine, especially in the area of alcohol consumption; they were all quite comfortable with it and imbibed regularly. When I went back home for a weekend, I challenged my father about the way we were raised; how could teetotalers as wells as social drinkers both consider themselves “Christian”? My father has since passed away, and I still have the highest regard and respect for him, but he was unable to answer my question in a way that gave me any satisfaction. Drinking was always just “something we don’t’ do.” End of discussion. As our own children have grown older and started to formulate their own beliefs and standards, they have challenged me to give a reason for why I believe what I believe. I have a strong desire for our children’s worldview to be broader, so we dialogue openly about this issue. They may still choose (as I have) to abstain totally from drinking alcohol, but I want them to understand clearly why they have made that choice. REFLECTION I especially appreciated Entwistle’s treatment of the subject of “worldview”, as this concept has been somewhat of an enigma to
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