A Psychology for People of God

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University Press of America, 2012 - Philosophy - 203 pages
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This book combats the anti-religious sentiment of some psychologists. It argues that Christians do not have to give up their religious faith to keep the contributions of science. A science compatible with religion accepts that human beings have freedom of will to select behaviors and that all methods of studying human behavior are acceptable. Both of these premises are accepted by a modern view of science which recognizes its inherent subjectivity. E. Rae Harcum explicitly asserts the important role of spirituality in psychology, especially in psychotherapy. The book confronts the relation between the human body and its non-material parts--the mind and spirit--and provides a way of looking at these metaphysical issues. A Psychology for People of God promotes the need of the Christian to love and to care for his or her fellows. After all, fitness for survival entails the willingness to serve.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Orientation
1
Chapter 2 A Compatible Psychology
19
Chapter 3 Science and Metaphysics
41
Chapter 4 Methods
81
Chapter 5 Models of Behavior
121
Chapter 6 Theories of Behavior
137
Glossary
169
References
185
Subject Index
193
Author Index
201
About the Author
204
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E. Rae Harcum, Ph.D., is a professional psychologist and a long-time member of a Protestant religious denomination. He taught psychology at the college level for many years. Harcum has written many journal articles in psychology and several books on psychology and religion.

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