March 29 2013
4-MAT Review of Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity Summary
In Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity (Entwistle, 2010 Two foundational principles, psychology and Theology offer key insights into Spirituality through the approaches of both disciplines, which integrates psychology and spirituality through Theology in such a way that highlights the work of awesome God. This book helps its readers to fully understand the integration of these two disciplines. (p. 249) He achieves this by combining theoretical foundations in truth, which is represented by the Word of God and illuminated by the Holy Bible which transcends into people’s lives within society. Psychology is represented by what Entwistle refers to as the book of Gods work which is illuminated by God creating human beings with all types of behavior. This book is written with precision appealing to all who are seeking to be tools used by the Holy Spirit. This book covers recent literature based on the history philosophy, theology, and psychology. Difficult areas of study or highlighted allowing the reader to evaluate the material through their own view point of integration and draw their own conclusions. Christianity and Psychology or viewed as two opposing views that should never intertwine, never the less this point is being illegitimated in the book. Entwistle (2010) He describes psychology as “the academy/Athens” and he describes theology as “Jerusalem” (p. 8). Psychology and Theology or offered in two ways that human behavior can be integrated and improved upon. Psychology is viewed empirical methods of study and Theology as studies of human interpretation of God’s Word. (p.10, 11) God gave His people the science of Psychology by creating human behavior. Five paradigms surveys possible relationships...