Psychology and D. N. Entwistle
D. N. Entwistle
Dr. Elias Moitinho
Liberty University Theological Seminary
In partial fulfillment
Of the requirements for the course
PACO 506 Integration of Psychology and Theology
Gail F. Gardner
July 6, 2012
Entwistle, D.N. (2004). Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: an introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers.
Researcher David Entwistle builds a case to support the integration of Christian faith and psychology by first making the point by asking the question what has Athens have to do with Jerusalem?(2004). He sets out to answer the by explaining the historical of these two historical and conflicting views. Athens representing the voice of reason and Jerusalem represent the voice of faith (pp. 18-52). The question if Christianity and the discipline of psychology can be integrated seeing that theology depends upon a specific methodology that delineates both the behavioral and physical exploration of human beings.
Throughout the text Entwistle has inserted the theme of all truth belongs to God (2004). In other words the author view is that psychology and Christianity are truths stemming from God who is the Creator of truth. According to Entwistle both the scientific and Christian communities have debated over the issue of which camp was allies and which were enemies. When the scientists of the early church challenged the truth of religion such as Galileo and Copernicus, they were punish and ostracized. How the people would perceive the world’s perception of truth became a concern which might give a false interpretation of science and Scripture. For this reason and with “All truth is God’s truth” theme, the integration of both Christianity and psychology seemed to be the only answer (2004).
Entwistle (2004) describes five models for integration. The first is that of Enemies. This