Psychology And Its Impact On Christian Culture Essay

1097 Words Apr 5th, 2016 5 Pages
For many decades, psychology and Christianity have been viewed as two fields that are mutually exclusive. Through the perpetual changes that both have gone through from pre-modernity, modernity, and post-modern thinking, researchers and theologians are working to find an appropriate and functional synthesis to bring the two together. Integration can be very difficult because psychology and Christianity have different worldviews. The goal of psychology is to fully understand the human mind, whereas Scripture teaches that humans cannot fully understand themselves. Psychology as a science has been said to have a dehumanizing effect as it encourages people to be normal and well-adjusted. Christianity encourages individuals to give their problems to God and to worship the creator rather than the creation. A successful integration between theology and psychology means being able to balance a communion with God whilst building relations with others. Rather than finding a way to redefine a psychological model and label it as strictly Christian, integration focuses on Christian worldviews that penetrate into all areas of an individual’s life, scientific aspects included. The goal of this current paper is to expand upon the five approaches that was presented in Johnson’s Psychology & Christianity Five Views (2010). The approaches will be summarized in detail in the following order: levels-of-explanation view, integration view, Christian psychology view, transformational psychology…

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