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Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity, Second Edition: An Introduction to Worldview Issues, Philosophical Foundations, and Models of Integration [Paperback]

David N. Entwistle
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May 1, 2010 1556359446 978-1556359446 2
Description: As disciplines, psychology and theology share an overlapping interest in the nature and functioning of human beings. This book provides an introduction to many of the worldview issues and philosophical foundations that frame the relationship of psychology and theology, includes scholarly reflection on the integration literature, and surveys five paradigms of possible relationships between psychology and Christianity. The book is designed to help readers become aware of the presuppositional backdrops that each of us brings to these issues, and to understand various approaches for relating psychology and Christianity as partly based on presuppositional assumptions. Questions at the end of each chapter are included to help readers evaluate both the material and their own burgeoning approach to integration. This book is ideal as a textbook for students of psychology and other behavioral and social sciences (social work, sociology, theology, counseling, pastoral counseling) at both the graduate and undergraduate level. It is also written for the broader readership of psychologists, counselors, pastors, and others who are interested in integration. Endorsements: ""Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity belongs on the bookshelves of students, clinicians, and researchers alike. In this book Entwistle provides readers with a conceptual roadmap for exploring, examining, and understanding Christian integrative approaches--while serving as a knowledgeable mentor along the way--offering in-depth analyses, theoretical insights, and practical applications."" --Jamie D. Aten, PhD Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Associate Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College and co-editor of Spirituality and the Therapeutic Process ""This book is a great resource for teaching the integration of psychology and Christianity. It is difficult to find a resource that articulates the main philosophical and theological ideas underlying good integration in one book. David Entwistle provides a thorough treatment of integration that is both understandable and readable. I strongly endorse this book for any educator tasked with teaching courses regarding the integration of psychology and Christianity."" --Dominick D. Hankle, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology Regent University ""Entwistle's book should be required reading for all students studying the integration of psychology and theology! With questions aimed at addressing one's personal journey in the integration process, the book provides both a comprehensive review of the current integration research and application exercises for the growth of the individual student. In the new edition, Entwistle takes another important step in formulating the integration of psychology and Christianity by addressing personal views of integration through the eyes of top psychological researchers in this field! This addition highlights diversity and personalization in the study of integration for key scholars hailing from variant Christian traditions."" --April L. Cunion, PsyD, LCP Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology Regent School of Undergraduate Studies About the Contributor(s): David N. Entwistle is a licensed psychologist and spent the first decade of his professional life providing psychotherapy in residential and outpatient settings. Since 1996 he has been on the faculty of Malone College in Canton, Ohio, where he has served as chair of the Psychology Department and has taught courses in the undergraduate psychology, graduate counseling, and graduate Christian ministries programs. In addition to teaching and writing, Entwistle conducts research on how patients cope with chronic medical conditions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub; 2 edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556359446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556359446
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Combative, Biased, and Poorly Written August 15, 2011
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I have read several books on the integration of psychology and theology and this was my least favorite.

Some of the issues I had with the book (the new 2010 edition of the text) include:

1. The author uses negative labels for anyone he disagrees with while using positive labels for those he agrees with (in an effort it seems to bias the reader). So Christians who try to base their counseling methodology on the Bible are labeled "Christian Combatants" while those that base their counseling on the Bible and use some psychology are called "Colonialists". A colonialist was someone that was a foreigner in another country and stole their resources, while Christian Combatants implies they are angry and mean. In the view he likes he calls it "Allies"

2. The author accuses several biblical scholars of misinterpreting Bible verses. His interpretation is weak and incorrect according to my (and almost all scholars). Entwistle on many, many occasions throughout the book denigrates those he disagrees with because he does not believe they are studying psychology enough. The author though has been trained and received degrees in only one field: psychology. He has a B.A. in psychology, M.A. (part of his Psy.D) in psychology, and a Psy.D (a non-research degree) in psychology. He has no degree or foundation in Biblical Studies or theology. The fact that he is bringing a Sunday School level of Biblical knowledge to his integration efforts is very blatant. Why does he denigrate Biblical Scholars for not studying psychology enough (according to him), yet he has not taken the time to become fluent in Biblical or Theological studies?

3. The author is extremely biased against Biblical Counselors.
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Packed full of good information, but a little much to digest and recall in detail in the three weeks allotted to it for my course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Balanced, Thorough, Engaging May 20, 2013
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There were only two things that I found unsettling or insufficiently addressed in the textbook. The first was a rather vague definition of “Christian” and “Christianity”. Entwistle simply refers to it as a “commitment to follow God with heart and soul and mind, that lays claim on all of life.” While I commend Entwistle’s openness to reaching out to the various denominations within Christianity, the simple fact is that there are many who call themselves Christians yet would not meet the Biblical criteria for being a child of God.

Second, Entwistle never satisfactorily gives an example of how to integrate an apparent contradiction between science and orthodox Christianity. While he discusses the issues of the Biblical standard regarding sexual sin, and homosexuality in particular, he does not address how to identify the underlying conflicting worldviews, the research questions that could be asked, and the practical implications of the gap between the research and the biblical perspective.

On the other hand, the Entwistle writes with clarity, concisely and yet with excellent examples at the beginning of each chapter. Something that I did find of particular benefit, and that I believe offset my second concern quite nicely, was Appendix I. This appendix contains eight stories of individuals who successfully integrated the practice of psychology with Christianity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and insightful April 26, 2013
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D. Entwistle seems to have a firm grasp on the necessity to understand and develop self, one's Christian values, and the craft of professional helping when undertaking Christian counseling.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Integrating February 8, 2011
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Love this book. Balanced, smart, funny, intelligent and readable. Entwistle has done a terrific job of giving us the history of Christianity and how it relates to the development of Psychology. He also manages to give us a fair and humane view of the men of all churches that have opened, skewed, and/or manipulated for their own gain Christianity and Science. What an honor to read. Thanks so much Dr. Entwistle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historical April 27, 2013
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Bought this for a class I was taking. It's a good book but way more historical info than integration info.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! February 22, 2013
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I bought it as a reference book and will continue to use it for many years to come. A good book to use in your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating February 10, 2014
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I like how it integrated science and Christianity. Gave you ample opportunity to think about what it was saying prepared in a logical way and help you understand it better
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