The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church

The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church

by Mark R. McMinn


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Christianity Today Book Award Winner
Outreach Recommended Resource of the Year (Counseling and Relationships)

The church and science have drifted apart over the past century. Today the church is often deemed irrelevant by those who trust science, and science is often deemed irrelevant by those whose primary loyalties are to the church. However, this book shows that the new science of virtue—the field of positive psychology—can serve as a bridge point between science and the church and can help renew meaningful conversation.

In essence, positive psychology examines how ordinary people can become happier and more fulfilled. Mark McMinn clarifies how positive psychology can complement Christian faith and promote happiness and personal flourishing. In addition, he shows how the church can help strengthen positive psychology. McMinn brings the church's experience and wisdom on six virtues—humility, forgiveness, gratitude, grace, hope, and wisdom—into conversation with intriguing scientific findings from positive psychology. Each chapter includes a section addressing Christian counselors who seek to promote happiness and fulfillment in others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434099
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Mark R. McMinn (PhD, Vanderbilt University), a licensed psychologist, is professor of psychology and director of integration in the graduate department of clinical psychology at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. He previously helped found the PsyD program at Wheaton College, where he later assumed an endowed chair position. McMinn is the author or editor of numerous books, including Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling; Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling; Care for the Soul: Exploring the Intersection of Theology and Psychology; and Integrative Psychotherapy: Toward a Comprehensive Christian Approach (coauthored with Clark D. Campbell).

Table of Contents

Introduction: A New Conversation about Virtue
1. Wisdom
2. Forgiveness
3. Gratitude
4. Humility
5. Hope
6. Grace
Conclusion: Let's Work Together

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