4-MAT Review: Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity Tonya Burwell
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Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity
Entwistle, D. N. 2010
This book provides some very insightful information as it relates to the integration of Psychology and Christianity. Entwistle (2010) first raises the question, “What has Psychology to do with Christianity? To answer this question, he raises several objections about the two being integrated. The first objection is based on assumptions and our Christian beliefs. Secondly, the Christian worldview encourages us to act humanly, to love people as God loves us. Third, as Christians, we are called to do all things “as unto God,” which means, at least, that we should do them with integrity, humility, and competence (Entwistle 2010, p. 11). These objections aid in providing better understanding as to why psychology and theology can and should be integrated. The foundation of our worldviews is based on how we were brought up and the society we were raised in. Our worldviews affect everything, the way we live, the way we think and the way we react. This book helps us understand our worldview assumptions and provides a roadmap to determining what we base our assumptions on. We need to have an understanding of Psychology and Christianity if we want to effectively integrate the two. (Entwistle 2010) discusses epistemology, which is the study of knowledge and belief. Epistemology introduces 4 ways of knowing: Internal Dialogue, Interactive, Investigative and Interpreting God’s Word. Epistemology allows us to keep questioning that which we think we know.Entwistle (2010) also describes five different models of integration: Allies, Spies, Enemies, Colonialists and Neutral Parties. These models provide a comparison of the model of Integrative...