Book Review of 'Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity'

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Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: An introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration. Eugene, OR:Â Cascade Books, 2010.

Summary Many Christians fear that their faith is incompatible with the discipline of psychology. Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity by David Entwistle makes a persuasive case that the two disciplines are complementary rather than polarized worldviews. Faith and reason (often represented as 'Athens' and 'Jerusalem') have actually served one another over the course of church history. Ultimately, "there are many events which raise both psychological and theological questions and such events serve as useful springboards to explore links between Christian theology and other disciplines" (Entwistle 2010: 8).
Both psychology and religion try to explain what it means to be human. Some Christians and some psychologists do view themselves as 'enemies.' These extremes are represented in Christian 'combatants' who view all of secular culture as suspicious and militant atheists who see all religions as superstation. But even the American Psychological Association demands that therapists honor and respect their patient's religious beliefs (Entwistle 2010: 137).Moreover, Christianity was at the forefront of even the earliest movements to provide care for mentally ill people (Entwistle 2010: 37).
As well as 'enemies,' the author suggests and rejects…
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