Entwistle 4 Mat Review

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Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity David N. Entwistle Marcia W. Pratt Liberty University Summary David Entwistle shows how passionate he is on the subject of integrating psychology and Christianity. It is Entwistle’s belief that our worldviews are shaped by our life experiences and belief systems that are reinforced by our culture. He begins by using a comparison and contrast between Athens and Jerusalem to help make his point. Athens represented humans and Jerusalem represented faith (Entwistle 2010). He asserts that although both cultures were rich in tradition had their own established belief systems, one could not be mutually exclusive in their views to understand God’s creations. Consequently, he makes the points that there are many world views, but all can integrate the science of psychology as a means toward understanding. Entwistle specifically points out how Christians who have chosen professional counseling as a career should conduct themselves professionally and privately within the framework of a Christian worldview. “In our own beginnings, though we need to be clear about the contours of the Christian faith and we need to develop the theological and psychological skills to do good integrative work” (Entwistle 2010 pp. 225). Moreover, he contends that the worldview of Christians should be tolerant and accepting of others. He proposed that to integrate psychology and theology that guidelines or “models” about how to move forward in the work of integration should be set. He proposes that clearly defined methodical skills should be used to integrate the two disciplines. He also points out that there is strength in the diversity of both discipline’s traditions. Entwistle also addresses the concern that several obstacles exist in integrating psychology and theology. He identified that being able to be an expert in

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