A Peaceable Psychology: Christian Therapy in a World of Many Cultures

A Peaceable Psychology: Christian Therapy in a World of Many Cultures

by Alvin Dueck, Kevin Reimer

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Overview

In the past century psychology has been practiced in the manner of medical science, working from the assumption that therapy can transcend particular ethnic and religious traditions. Seeking to move the conversation forward, this book argues for a theologically, culturally, and politically sensitive psychotherapy whereby the Christian psychologist treats the patient according to the particulars of the patient's political situation and ethnic and religious tradition, while acknowledging the role of his or her own Christian story in therapeutic dialogue. The authors point to the life of Jesus as the foundation on which to build a therapeutic ethic, appropriating the story of his life to bring healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587431050
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alvin Dueck (PhD, Stanford University), a licensed psychologist, is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of the Integration of Psychology and Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is coauthor of The Living God and Our Living Psyche. Kevin Reimer (PhD, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology) is director of undergraduate programs and student affairs in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. He previously taught at Azusa Pacific University.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Suffering, Symptoms, and the Cross
2. Constantine, American Empire, and "Yankee Doodling"
3. Boutique Multiculturalism
4. Secularese as Lingua Franca
5. Mother Tongues and Trade Languages
6. Thick Clients and Thin Therapists
7. Morality: Abstract and Traditioned
8. Sacred Order and a Prozac god
9. A Peaceable Psychology
10. What Difference Would Jesus Make?
Conclusion

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WesleyVL More than 1 year ago
I am not a psychologist, but I gained a great deal of insight from this book, and the peaceable psychology articulated by Dueck and Reimer could be transferred easily in the terms of a peaceable theology, a peaceable ethics or a peaceable ministry. In short, Dueck and Reimer are practicing and pleading for a peaceable psychology grounded in the peace-making work of God in Jesus and oriented toward promoting peace with others through entering into their suffering, valuing their differences, dialoguing in their language, respecting their culture and traditions, and learning from their wisdom. It is remarkable to consider how this peaceable approach to psychology could be applied to other disciplines and areas of ministry. Consider youth ministry. Can you imagine the effectiveness of a youth ministry grounded in the person and work of Jesus and oriented toward bringing peace into the lives of adolescents by entering into their suffering, valuing their unique differences, dialoguing in their language, respecting their culture and traditions, and learning from their wisdom (yes, adolescents have wisdom too!)? This is just one example of how the peaceable psychology advocated by Dueck and Reimer could bear fruit, even for those who are not trained in psychology or psychotherapy. So even if you have never read a book on psychology before, A Peaceable Psychology would be a good place to begin.