Limning The Psyche

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Americans tend to turn to psychology when they want to understand themselves. Today, contemporary psychology presents itself as a science, which can and ought to function independently of theology: it emphasizes individual fulfillment and sometimes suggests that we are little more than the sum total of our genes and our environment.

Christians, who believe themselves to be called to develop virtues such as love, humility, faith, perseverance, and who are called to find their fulfillment in a community devoted to the love of God and service in his kingdom, may wonder whether this turning to psychology is a good thing.

In Limning the Psyche, fifteen respected psychologists, theologians, and philosophers look at the practice of psychology from a Christian perspective and discuss the parameters of a distinctly Christian psychology and explore the psychological implications of the Christian view of human nature.

Diogenes Allen
Paul Griffiths
A. Howsepian
Eric Johnson
Stanton Jones
Jean-Marc Laporte
James Martin
Cynthia Jones Neal
Dennis Okholm
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
L. Rebecca Propst
Robert C. Roberts
Walter Sundberg
Mark Talbot
Paul Vitz

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Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
A fascinating document that should not be ignored by those interested in the tensions between religion and psychology.
Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith
"Despite its puzzling title, Limning the Psyche comprises a stimulating and illuminating collection of essays reflecting on human nature and experience from a Christian perspective.... This book will appeal to thoughtful Christians wishing to deepen their grasp of the ways in which disciplines such as theology, philosophy, and history can enlighten contemporary psychology. If you would like to know more about how historic Christian faith enriches our psychology, and you don't mind having your thinking challenged, Limning the Psyche should definitely go on your reading list."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802843319
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/26/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Christian Psychology?
Robert C. Roberts

A Christian Theory of Personality
Paul C. Vitz

Metaphysics and Personality Theory
Paul J. Griffiths

Therapeutic Conflict Resolution and the Holy Trinity
L. Rebecca Propst

Parameters of a Christian Psychology
Robert C. Roberts

Starting from Scripture
Mark R. Talbot

Human Nature vs. the Hermeneutics of Love
James E. Martin

Human Agency and Its Social Formation
Eric L. Johnson

A Parental Style for Nurturing Christian Wisdom
Cynthia Jones Neal

The Meaning of Agency and Responsibility in Light of Social Science Research
Stanton L. Jones

Attachment: Bowlby and the Bible
Robert C. Roberts

Kenosis as a Key to Maturity of Personality
Jean-Marc Laporte, S.J.

Sin and Addiction
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Sin and Psychosis
A. A. Howsepian

The Therapy of Adversity and Penitence
Walter Sundberg

Ascetic Theology and Psychology
Diogenes Allen

Being Stuffed and Being Fulfilled
Dennis L.Okholm

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