- Explores the current state of theology and psychology
- Provides insight and analysis from nineteen psychologists and theologians
- Opens a multidisciplinary dialogue
- Takes seriously the long, rich tradition of soul care in the church
- Examines acquiescence to secularism in contemporary Christian counseling
- Surveys theological resources for developing Christian psychology
For two millennia Christians have been caring for souls. Since the Enlightenment, though, the Christian concept of the soul has been usurped by modern and postmodern notions of the self. "Somehow we misplaced the soul even as we developed a thriving science of the psyche," lament the editors of this volume. Thus there is a clash between Western therapeutic culture and the church's understanding of the soul's nature and its care.
As a result, some Christians deride psychology as dangerous. Others believe that it has much to offer Christians interested in caring for the soul. What is the proper relationship between psychology and theology? Is soul care the shared task of these two fields? This collection of essays is a multidisciplinary dialogue on the interface between psychology and theology that takes seriously the long, rich tradition of soul care in the church. In this volume you'll find incisive discussions of:
- the current state of theology and psychology
- overcoming the acquiescence to secularism
- theological resources for developing Christian psychology
- taking theology to heart in psychology
- taking psychology to heart in theology and Christian life
Contributors include Jeffry H. Boyd, Ellen T. Charry, Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, L. Gregory Jones, Stanton L. Jones, Cynthia Neal Kimball, Bryan N. Maier, Michael Mangis, Philip G. Monroe, Stephen K. Moroney, Dennis L. Okholm, David Powlison, Robert C. Roberts, Richard L. Schultz, Myrla Seibold, Brett Webb-Mitchell and David Alan Williams.
Providing insight and analysis from nineteen psychologists and theologians, Care for the Soul is essential reading for psychologists and counselors, pastors and theologians, and students or professors of psychology and theology.
About the Editors
Mark R. McMinn is a professor of psychology at George Fox University where he teaches in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology.
Timothy R. Phillips, until his untimely death, was associate professor of historical and systematic theology at Wheaton College.