The Second Chapter Of Christian Formation : Integrating Theology And Human Development

710 Words Nov 4th, 2015 3 Pages
In the second chapter of Christian Formation: Integrating Theology and Human Development, James Estep explains the different approaches to integration by using a metaphor of two books. One book represents theory and the other theology. He writes, “It depends on the question being posted. …it is obvious that, on some occasions, one of the two books may have more relevant information” (Estep, 2015, 47). Estep’s logical conclusion about integration is that you need to look for the best answer depending on the type of question being asked. For instance, if a mother wanted to know when a child would begin potty training, she should consult child development theories. However, if she wanted to know how to pray for her child, she would read the Bible. The resource one would use depends on the question being asked. I appreciated Estep’s rational conclusion of finding the best resource for the answer based on the question asked. I would apply this same reasoning to child development theories. Estep’s lists four different developmental theories based on a chart developed by Timothy Jones. The four theories are Hard, Soft, Functional and Cultural Models. Each one focuses on a different aspects of child development, and provides some insight to how people grow and develop. I would argue that all of them can be of use, depending on the question being asked. Hard developmental theory is based on cognitive neural operations. The most well-known researcher of this theory is…

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