Theology and Psychology exaGm

  1. Quest for Faithful Reading
    1. argues that apparent conflicts should cause us to reconsider out rata and reasoning as a first ste in solving apparent conflicts

    2. As a second step, we should consider whether one claim is more grounded than another
  2. Levels of Explanation (perspectivists)
    A form of disciplinary integration in which psychology and theology are relatively distinct spheres

    Pros: Can resolve conflicts by looking at different perspectives

    • cons:
    • leads to primacy of psychological interpretation
    • inadequate attention to theological interpretation
    • failure to bring about sufficient dialogue between the two
  3. Prima Scriptura
    Scriptural interpretation trumps scientific interpretation

    pros: sees the importance of Gods word

    • cons:
    • fails to distinguish between scriptural interpretation and scriptural authority
  4. Goal of integration
    "To glorify God as we try to understand human behavior and act as redemptive agents in a fallen and broken world."
  5. Farnsworth Disciplinary Integration Model
    rigorous application of the methods appropriate to our disciplines
  6. Farnsworth Disciplinary Integration Model
    Evaluating the conclusions brought from either discipline by discerning if our psychological and theological beliefs are "based on sound as well as appropriate research methods
  7. Farnsworth Disciplinary Integration Model
    Relating the theological and psychological conclusions resulting from discovery and verification
  8. Worldview Integration
    Holding a Christian worldview and using it as the lens that we see the world

    ex: the sinfullness and finite-ness of man, the focus on God's redemptive plan
  9. Foundational Integration
    developing an understanding of of the historical and philosophical foundations of psychology and Christian theology

    ex.: for psychology this will include the philosophy of science in general and for the theologian this will include systematic theology, biblical theology, epistemology, etc.
  10. Disciplinary and Scholarly Integration
    developing a more complete picture of a common subject by exploring psychological and theological perspectives

    ex. being able to critique the others, such as acknowledging that humans are both biological and spiritual beings
  11. Applied Integration
    how can psychology and theology can aid us in confronting personal and social issues that are within the scope of their mutual concern

    ex. integrative efforts should result in praise of God, bringing the message of hope and reconciliation
  12. Personal and Public Integration
    A shared responsibility where as a community we can discuss and move forward in integration

    Integration is also a quest for personal wholeness

    ex. personal commitments to character
  13. Integration as a noun
    Looking at it as an object, a definition, a goal. This is a distanced view
  14. Integration as a verb
    This is the actual action and process. Being in this process makes it more personal and leads us to ask questions like, "how do we do this?" and "what does it look like in reality?"
  15. what is a worldview
    answers these questions:

    • 1. what does it mean to be a person?
    • 2. What is the nature of this world?
    • 3. Whats wrong with the world and why do things go wrong?
    • 4. How can these wrongs be fixed?
  16. Animist
    believes that spirits inhabit the world and impose their wills upon it, although they can sometimes be placated with sacrifice
  17. Pantheist
    the belief that everything that exists is part of a great oneness, that one God is in everything
  18. Syncretism
    mixing beliefs, such as christianity and animism
  19. Polytheists
    perceive a hierarchy of Gods, each of whoms power is limited to a domain
  20. Monotheism
    Belief in one God, three biggest are Christianity, Judaism, and Islam
  21. Modernism
    Belief that scientific and human progress will fix all problems
  22. Postmodernism
    critiques empirical data, most things are relative. all claims to knowledge are dubious
  23. Hermeneutic Methods
    • 1. What does scripture say?
    • 2. Who wrote the book?
    • 3. To whom is it written?
    • 4. What is the historical context?
    • 5. Why was it written?
    • 6. What is the genre?
    • 7. What does it say in the original language
    • 8. What is the immediate context?
    • 9. What does other scripture say about it?
    • 10. What do credible sources say?
  24. Enemies
    Includes Secular and Christian Combatants

    One completely rejects the other

    ex. siblings who tape off their side of the room
  25. Spies
    Foreign and Domestic

    Psychologists use parts of religion that promote well being but reject the worldview

    ex. trying to fit everything into a little tiny suitcase but certain things get left out
  26. Colonialists
    Religious people trying to take ground in the psychological field while picking and choosing what the want.

    Manipulate studies to get the answers they want, many are very ignorant
  27. Neutral Parties
    Recognize other as legitimate but each has own domains. the may have some contact with each other, but this varies

    examples: rail road tracks, when in rome do as the romans
  28. Allies
    When theology and psychology are used together we get a more holistic perspective on life and understanding of truth

    all truth is God's truth

    example: movie director who puts theme in all movies
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Theology and Psychology exaGm
Theology and Psychology exam 1