Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Psychology & Theology

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Mark R. McMinn, Timothy R. Phillips
InterVarsity Press, Apr 10, 2001 - Psychology - 364 pages
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"This volume explores the intersection of psychology and theology, but it is not a simple intersection. It is an intersection affected by rich theological and ecclesiological traditions, by the ravages and wonders of modern psychology, and by the character and qualities of today's ministers and communities of faith." (from the introduction) For two millennia Christians have been caring for souls. Since the Enlightenment, though, the Christian concept of the soul has been usurped by modern and postmodern notions of the self. "Somehow we misplaced the soul even as we developed a thriving science of the psyche," lament the editors of this volume. Thus there is a clash between Western therapeutic culture and the church's understanding of the soul's nature and its care. As a result, some Christians deride psychology as dangerous. Others believe that it has much to offer Christians interested in caring for the soul. What is the proper relationship between psychology and theology? Is soul care the shared task of these two fields? This collection of essays is a multidisciplinary dialogue on the interface between psychology and theology that takes seriously the long, rich tradition of soul care in the church. In this volume you'll find incisive discussions of
  • the current state of theology and psychology
  • overcoming the acquiescence to secularism
  • theological resources for developing Christian psychology
  • taking theology to heart in psychology
  • taking psychology to heart in theology and Christian life
Contributors include Jeffry H. Boyd, Ellen T. Charry, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, L. Gregory Jones, Stanton L. Jones, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Bryan N. Maier, Michael Mangis, Philip G. Monroe, Stephen K. Moroney, Dennis L. Okholm, David Powlison, Robert C. Roberts, Richard L. Schultz, Myrla Seibold, Brett Webb-Mitchell and David Alan Williams. Providing insight and analysis from nineteen psychologists and theologians, Care for the Soul is essential reading for psychologists and counselors, pastors and theologians, and students or professors of psychology and theology.
 

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Contents

Psychology Theology Care for the Soul
9
Theology
22
The Current State of Theology Psychology
23
An Apologetic Apologia for the Integration of Psychology Theology
62
Overcoming Our Acquiescence to Secularism
78
In Defense of the Word Soul
102
Theology After Psychology
118
Theological Resources for Developing Christian Psychology
134
Taking Theology to Heart in Psychology
241
Responsible Hermeneutics for Wisdom Literature
254
Biblical Hermeneutics Christian Psychology
276
Taking Psychology to Heart in Theology Christian Life
294
A Psychological
309
Toward an Intersection Between Psychology
332
A Developmental Approach
346
Editors Contributors
363

To Vent or Not to Vent? What Contemporary Psychology Can Learn from
164

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About the author (2001)

Mark R. McMinn (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is a professor of psychology at George Fox University where he teaches in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified with the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has written several books, including Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling; Making the Best of Stress; Care for the Soul; Why Sin Matters and Finding Our Way Home.

Until his death in 2000, Phillips (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) was associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Wheaton College, where he was instrumental in starting and organizing the annual Wheaton College Theology Conference. Besides coediting several scholarly books, he was coauthor (with Dennis L. Okholm) of Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity.

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