Details for Theology and Psychology
Who am I? What is the soul? How should Christian faith interact with the psychological sciences? This unit considers the theological concepts of grace sin and freedom as found within traditional Christian theologies of the human person. It also seeks to interact with the discipline of psychology and contemporary insights into the study of the mind. The unit should be of particular interest for all people interested providing pastoral advice and counselling from a Christian perspective.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: THE320
- Credit points: 10
At least 80 credit points, including:
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Theology and Psychology is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Applied Theology (Korean) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Bachelor of Theology (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit considers the theological concepts of grace sin and freedom as found within traditional Christian theology in interaction with the discipline of psychology
Students should be able to:
- Construct a theological anthropology in dialogue with the discipline of psychology, exploring concepts such as the imago dei, soul, spirit, consciousness, mind/brain, and the social formation of identity;
- Appraise and apply the basic concepts of the psychology of religion to the human quest for identity and meaning;
- Discuss and evaluate the theological concepts of grace, sin, conversion and freedom against the background of the discipline of psychology;
- Formulate strategies for spiritual transformation drawing on the resources of psychology and theology
- Evaluate the insights of positive psychology and explain their implications for well-being.
- Worksheets 40% (2000 words)
- Case Studies 30% (1500 words)
- Self-study essay 30% (1500 words)
- Barrett, J. Cognitive Science, Religion, and Theology: From Human Minds to Divine Minds. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton, 2011 (e-book available).
- Beck, J.R. Demarest, B., The Human Person in Theology And Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-first Century. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2006.
- Bjorck, J.P. “Faith, Coping, and Illusory Control: Psychological Constructs with theological Ramifications.” Journal of Psychology and Christianity 26/3 (2007): 195-206.
- Charry, E ‘Positive Theology: An Exploration in Theological Psychology and Positive Psychology’, Journal of Psychology and Christianity 30, no. 4 (2011): 284–293.
- Cooper, T.D. Sin, Pride & Self-Acceptance: the Problem of Identity in Theology & Psychology, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003 (e-book available).
- Duffy, S. The Dynamics of Grace: Perspectives in Theological Anthropology. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2007.
- Emmons, R.A. The Psychology of Ultimate Concerns: Motivation and Spirituality in Personality, New York: Guilford Press, 2003.
- Entwistle, D. Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity: An Introduction to Worldview Issues, Philosophical Foundations, and Models of Integration. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010.
- Forsyth, J. Psychological Theories of Religion, New Jersey: Pearson Education, 2003
- Frankl, V. The Unconscious God: Psychotherapy and Theology. N. Y.: Simon and Schuster, 1975.
- Green, J. Body, Soul, and Human Life: The Nature of Humanity in the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008 (e-book available).
- Grenz, S. The Social God and the Relational Self: A Trinitarian Theology of the Imago Dei, London: Westminster John Knox, 2001.
- Lopez, SJ. The Encyclopaedia of Positive Psychology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2009.
- James, W. The Varieties of Religious Experience. Exposure Publishing, 2008.
- Jung, C. Memories, Dreams, Reflections. N. Y.: Vintage, 1961.
- Lints, R., Horton, M.S. & Talbot, M.R. Personal Identity in Theological Perspective. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006 (e-book available).
- Murphy, N. Bodies and Souls, or Spirited Bodies? Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006 (e-book available)
- Ormerod, N. Creation, Grace, and Redemption. New York: Orbis, 2007.
- Pannenberg, W. Anthropology in Theological Perspective, Philadelphia: Westminster, 1985.
- Ruston, R. Human Rights and the Image of God. London: SCM, 2011.
- Shults L & Sandage SJ. Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2006 (e-book available)
- St Clair, M. Object Relations and Self Psychology: An Introduction. 3rd ed. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole, 2000.
- Stevens, Bruce ‘Death of Soul; Birth of Consciousness’ Colloquium,39/1 (2007)
- Watts, F. ‘Doing Theology in Dialogue with Psychology’, Journal of Psychology & Theology 40, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 45–50.
- Anthropological Quarterly
- Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology
- Journal of Psychology and Christianity
- Journal of Psychology and Theology