Limning the Psyche: Explorations in Christian Psychology

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Robert Campbell Roberts, Mark R. Talbot
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997 - Religion - 373 pages
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Americans tend to turn to psychology when they want to understand themselves. Today, contemporary psychology presents itself as a science, which can and ought to function independently of theology: it emphasizes individual fulfillment and sometimes suggests that we are little more than the sum total of our genes and our environment. Christians, who believe themselves to be called to develop virtues such as love, humility, faith, perseverance, and who are called to find their fulfillment in a community devoted to the love of God and service in his kingdom, may wonder whether this turning to psychology is a good thing. In Limning the Psyche, fifteen respected psychologists, theologians, and philosophers look at the practice of psychology from a Christian perspective and discuss the parameters of a distinctly Christian psychology and explore the psychological implications of the Christian view of human nature. Contributors: Diogenes Allen Paul Griffiths A. Howsepian Eric Johnson Stanton Jones Jean-Marc Laporte James Martin Cynthia Jones Neal Dennis Okholm Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. L. Rebecca Propst Robert C. Roberts Walter Sundberg Mark Talbot Paul Vitz
 

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Contents

A Christian Theory of Personality
20
Metaphysics and Personality Theory
41
Therapeutic Conflict Resolution and the Holy Trinity
58
Parameters of a Christian Psychology
74
Starting from Scripture
102
Human Nature vs the Hermeneutics of Love
123
Human Agency and Its Social Formation
138
A Parental Style for Nurturing Christian Wisdom
165
Kenosis as a Key to Maturity of Personality
229
Sin and Addiction
245
Sin and Psychosis
264
The Therapy of Adversity and Penitence
282
Ascetic Theology and Psychology
297
Being Stuffed and Being Fulfilled
317
Collated References
339
Index
362

The Meaning of Agency and Responsibility in Light of Social Science Research
186
Bowlby and the Bible
206

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