4-MAT Review: Integrative Approaches to Psychology and
Christianity by David N. Entwistle
In David N. Entwistle’s book, Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity (2010), he offers an argument for the possibility of integrating the two conflicting disciplines: Psychology (or science) and Theology. He presents several key questions relating to the possibility of the integration of these two disciplines. He begins his book with an exploration in which he relates and compares the ancient cities of both Athens and Jerusalem. He uses these two cities for his analyses, because according to him they are both relevant in history. An essential distinction between the cultures of Athens and Jerusalem could be in how they attained knowledge. Human reason was the bases of Athenian culture and Faith was the essence of Jerusalem’s culture. (Entwistle, 2010, Chap. 1) Entwistle uses these two cultures to introduce the theme of his book and the bases of his integration argument, which is “All truths are God’s truths.” (Entwistle, 2010, p.13)
The emphasis Entwistle poses is an emphasis on how we need to adapt our worldviews so that we can understand and possibly accept the truth held in both disciplines. (Entwistle, 2010, Chap. 4) Human beings most often fall short in their search for truth. If we believe that God is the creator of all truth, then God’s truth has to be sovereign and include all psychology and theology. (Entwistle, 2010, Chap. 5) Entwistle continues on the discussion of God’s sovereignty by characterizing Nature in all of its physical materializations as not being a mother (mother nature), but instead as being our sister. Nature is a result of God’s creative plan, not a result of some imprecise cosmological coincidence. (Entwistle, 2010, Chap. 6) Entwistle shares in his writings that our awareness of creation, science, that which we can see and cannot see is influenced by the beliefs we clutch in our...