Tjeltveit, A. C. (2006). PSYCHOLOGY RETURNS TO LOVE … OF GOD AND NEIGHBOR- AS-SELF: INTRODUCTION TO THE SPECIAL ISSUE. Journal of Psychology & Theology, 34(1), 3-7. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.
Alan C. Tjeltveit’s article, “Psychology returns to love of God and neighbor-as-self”, examines seven methods that are currently being investigated and written about in an effort to develop psychologies of concepts central to religious traditions. In examining the seven methodologies, Tjeltveit’s central position is that loving God and loving our neighbors-as-our selves are not only Biblical commands, but are commands that are also “profoundly psychological”. The seven methodologies that Tjeltveits examines are: “standard psychological methods and theories; combining those with theology to contextualize love; using religious experience and convictions to formulate research questions and hypotheses; drawing on Christian psychologies of love that date back to Augustine; critiquing the conceptual, ethical, and metaphysical assumptions of contemporary psychologies of love from philosophical and theological perspectives; and forms of methodological pluralism (e.g., those that embrace quantitative, qualitative, ethical, and theological methods, with the results of different methods alternately critiquing and contributing to one another)”.
In regard to these seven methodologies, Tjeltviet states, “Ultimately, each reader needs to decide which of the various approaches sheds the most light on love, and which he or she would like to pursue further in efforts to better understand love”. Tjeltviet makes this statement because he believes that the reader will discover what he already understands, that the Christian divine command of love makes psychological sense, and that this position is defensible. Tjeltviet believes that the love of God and neighbor-as-self is deeply pertinent to psychological issues, and that... [continues]
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