Thursday, February 28, 2019
Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity
The hold, Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity, discusses the integrating of the different field of Christianity and psychological science. In this book, the author, DN Entwistle, discusses integration as a combining the two books of graven image. fit in to Entwistle (2004), the book of gods Word referred to the Bible, and the book of gods whole caboodle reflects His deeds written throughout His creation. (p. 166). This is clearly shown in the encourage sections of the book which discusses the molds of integration.He then proceeds to include five nonpluss of integration in the book which argon enemies, spies, colonialists, neutral rangeies, and ally as subjects of One Sovereign. The enemies model sees Christianity and psychology as enemies that ingest to be kept totally separate. The spies model has unitary orbit going into the opposite to take plainly what works for them. Psychology, as applied to this discussion, enters the Christian world just to take the spiritual concepts that will work well with psychology. The colonialist model has one discipline colonizing or taking control and prominence over the different.Religion works with psychology as long as holiness is superior to psychology. The neutral parties model, on the other hand, has both disciplines coexisting and recognizing each other as long as they respect each others boundaries. Psychology, according to the author, recognizes that religion has darling concepts to offer b bely it will not encroach on religions domain. The allies as subjects of One Sovereign model arrive both discipline working together to divine service the great unwashed. It wonts psychological and theological concepts together to build a better understanding of the rectitude.According to Entwistle (2004), theology gave birth to the subject of psychology (hu human beings behavior) when he created human beings. God granted us the foundations of theological system when He gave us His Word (p. 175). The book basically presents the idea that there atomic number 18 two books of God His word and His works (Entwistle, 2004). Psychology deals with Gods works and piety deals with His word. Mans job as Christian counselors is to interpret both books and integrate them together so that both books thunder mug be used in tandem to help other people.According to Entwistle, if one finds something that does not make sense between both books, there is a conflict that needs to be resolved before we can use it. At this point, one needs to go back and reread and contain both books to see if one can find the discrepancy. Entwistle (2004) says that god gave man both books, but man has to interpret for himself. The problem is not with Gods books, but it is the way man interprets them. Human understanding of Gods books is based on mans worldview (Entwistle, 2004).While this may not necessarily be a new theory, a reading of this book has brought to mind a certain arrest wherein I ma tte up that theology alone was not able to answer the many questions that I had. This had to do with my younger years when I had just followed my p bents beliefs. When I began to question things, I looked to theology for answers but found none. I felt betrayed and confused. I had grown up believing that there were certain truths in this world and my religion was one of them. As I began to learn around the world, there were a number of things that just did not add up so to speak.In my confusion and sadness, I turned away from my faith and began to search other things. Needless to say, it was a very trying and difficult experience for me. I began to incur anger deep inside that I feel came from the betrayal at not being able to find the answers to the questions I had. As I read the book, however, I began to understand those troubled generation even more. I realized that I had alone seen a part of the whole truth and was therefore unable to completely understand it. It was not abo ut just hit the sacking theology but also by having a good understanding of psychology.To properly integrate the two disciplines, we need to have a good understanding of both. We cannot just know theology or psychology and expect to integrate them well. We need to have a working knowledge of psychological theories and concepts as well as a working knowledge of Gods word. We need to remember, though, that our knowledge is only as good as our interpretation. Gods works have been affected by the fall into sin, and as a work of God our interpretations will be colored by the fall as well.On a personal level, I think this book has a lot of good ideas and concepts to it. I found it interesting to discuss the two books of God, because I had perceive the term and knew what it meant, but had not really thought about what it included. I also liked the models of integration and their explanations. They were explained well enough that anyone could follow them easily. both(prenominal) of the t hings that bothered me the most about the book and its ideas are the idea of interpretation, the description of integration, and where do we go from here.If we are the interpreters of Gods two books and we know that the fall and sin have colored our interpretations, how do we know if our interpretations of the books are correct? shag we interpret either book accurately? If our interpretations are wrong, can we do more harm than good to our clients? Is the definition of integration complete enough to help us know what we need to help others? When we use the current definitions of integration, do we get a complete attend of what integration means to both disciplines?With all of the models of integration, where do we go undermentioned? How do we make progress in the integration process? Can we ever integrate to a point where we can agree on most aspects of a model, or will there always be disagreement between the disciplines? These are all questions that I think are important to c onsider about integration. I think that integrating Christianity and psychology can benefit a Christian client by allowing us to address spiritual matters and use spiritual techniques for healing.It is important to remember that religion and psychology are both parts of Gods truth to us and can be used to help ourselves and others. When the two disciplines are integrated, we have many more options than when we use one or the other discipline separately. Finally use of both disciplines can help us reach people of faith as well as people who are not Christians, if we can use them both carefully and competently. This is by chance the greatest thing that we can learn from this book because it not only helps solidify ones faith but also initiate other people about their own faith as well.