The Integration Of Psychology And Theology Analysis

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In the book The Integration of Psychology and Theology, Carter and Narramore present several aspects and issues regarding the integration of Psychology and Theology. The main focus of the book revolves around four different models of integration. The four models are; the against model, the of model, the parallels model, and the integrates model. The first chapter of the book focuses on people’s thoughts and perceptions on the idea of integrating psychology and theology. One of the main points discussed in this chapter was how Christians view the integration of these two disciplines. The said that Christians are often hesitant to use psychology, because they fear that if they turn to psychology for help, then they are saying that the …show more content…
According to Carter and Narramore, there cannot be a truly integrative model, from a secular view, as they do not believe in theology. However, the sacred view can be integrative. The integrates model from a sacred perspective, is very extensive in the integration of psychology and theology. This view, holds that God is the author of all truth. However, this model, believes, that revelation and reason are both important in discovering the truth. Therefore, they believe that you truly can integrate psychology and theology, because both of these disciplines hold truth. While, they do believe that psychology does hold truth, the integrates model, does not accept all aspects of psychology, as some theories and ideas, contradict aspect of Scripture and theology. Therefore, the integrates model, does view psychology from a theological lens. Meaning, that they view all parts of psychology as it coincides with the truths in the Bible. Out of the models, this is the model that truly takes all aspects of both, and critically analyzes both, because they do believe that both contain …show more content…
One part of the book that I found intriguing was the chapter on the barriers of integration. I found that as I was reading it, that I disagreed with a lot of the barriers, especially the ones that the Christian’s had against psychology. One barrier, that I had a strong disagreement with, was the Christian’s rejects of the psychologies naturalistic explanations. Why I disagreed with this, is because if we look at scientific data, we see that a lot of the explanations for behaviors in psychology are accurate. If something has been proven to be a naturalistic explanation then I will agree. I do believe that some things have a spiritual explanation but many things can be a naturalistic explanation as

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