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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 567 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (January 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830839887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830839889
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Angela Sabates's book is a thorough survey of current social psychological theory and research. It gives credit where it is due because, indeed, social psychologists have taught us much about the negative power of social situations as well as our capacities for distorted social perception. At the same time, her creation-fall-redemption framework suggests places where the current social psychological paradigm falls short and points to a research program that takes better account of our inherently positive--and still redeemable--social tendencies." (Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, Eastern University)

"Finally (!), a social psychology textbook written from a solidly Christian perspective that rivals the best in an otherwise secular market. Utilizing the broad theological tenets of creation, fall and redemption, Angela Sabates skillfully demonstrates how thinking Christianly about social psychology can offer a bold alternative, yet without damaging the field's empirical goods. Cogent, well-written and comprehensive, this text will allow the student to use their Christian lenses without sacrificing a solid grounding in social psychology." (Peter Hill, Biola University)

"Angela M. Sabates has written a wonderful text aptly entitled Social Psychology in Christian Perspective. She fairly describes current approaches to social psychology yet she consistently critiques them through a Christian lens, respecting both empirical and theological methods. This will help students not only understand the fascinating subfield of social psychology, but it will also develop their critical reasoning abilities, helping them become Christians who can think like psychological scientists. This is a great text for any explicitly Christian college." (Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Virginia Commonwealth University)

"Social Psychology in Christian Perspective represents a much-needed alternative to the selection of social psychology textbooks that are currently on the market. Dr. Sabates has written an engaging text that encourages students to critically examine both the claims of a naturalistic approach to the discipline as well as a Christian integrative model. I'm looking forward to adopting it for my social psychology course." (Darlene Hannah, Wheaton College)

About the Author

Angela M. Sabates is associate professor of psychology at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. She previously taught at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, and she has worked professionally at Cornerstone Family Counseling Center (Fairfax, Virginia), Minirth-Meier and Byrd Clinic (Arlington, Virginia) and Reston Psychological Center and Lab School of Washington (Fairfax, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.). She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Her article, "The Child Patient" appears in

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By uva on October 6, 2013
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Its a really great book! Im using it in one of my college classes and its just amazing how it relates to christianity! I recommend it to any one who wants to learn more about socialogy in a christian perspective.
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This is an incredible book for the teaching of a Social Psych course at a Christian institution. There is not anything else out there to compare it to. I applaude Sabates for publishing a much needed perspective for the psychological field!
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