In the book Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity by David Entwistle compares and contrasts the secular view of Psychology and the biblical view of Psychology. Entwistle delves into the question is psychology and Christianity mutually compatibility.
The Integrative Approaches, Entwistle communicates to us there is two human behavior perspectives which relate to each other. According to Entwistle (2010), In order to intertwine psychology and Christianity it is required to define the contours of each subject. (Pg 246)
“Entwistle uses fives models to explain the relation between the study of psychology and the unclearly defined term of Christianity in Psychology. Entwisle use the monikers enemies, spies, colonialists, neutral parties, and allies as subjects. The enemies’ perspective is Christianity and psychology are enemies and they should be should be kept completely apart. They cannot work together in any way. The spies’ perspective is to, send someone into the other camp and steal their ideas for them; in essence they are parasite. For example, psychologist would cross the threshold into the world of Faith and take useful information and mold it to work with the secular views of psychology. Not reinventing the wheel, just reinventing the path. The colonialist has one field of study colonizing or taking control and distinction over the other. Meaning the field of Faith will work with psychology as long as is superior to it. In other words, psychology becomes a silent partner. The neutral parties’ has both studies work hand and hand and accepting each other as long as their mutually respect involved.
According to Entwisle, there are many obstacles to integration of psychology and Christianity. The lack of definition of integration, Human sinful nature, worldviews, different religions and cultures, lack of knowledge with historical and philosophical integration underlying integration, Human resistance to change, faith not allowed in the educational system list a few(Pg 250). Integrative Approaches to psychology and Christianity, gives solid example of dealing with issues which may arise with combining theology or Faith with the study of Human behavior.
I have dealt with many things in the book; however the one which caused a quicken in my spirit was reading Chapter 6: The Nature of the World: Metaphysics; the Nature of God. I accepted Christ when I was 22 years old; truthfully my relationship with him was weak and shallow as trickling water. On July 29, of this year, my husband came home and told me he was having an affair and they were having a baby. We have been together for 21 years, just had our 14 year anniversary 5 days prior, and we have a 16 and 9 year old. He announced he wanted to be with this other women and he was sorry. Prior to this revelation, on July 13 I had rededicated myself to God; because I felt stagnant. Needless to say my faith was being rebuilt and I will say I...