Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity
The book “Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity” by David N. Entwistle tries to answer the question of how psychology and theology relate to each other. Though this is has been a heated debate throughout the years, Entwistle tries to show how they integrate with each other by showing how God designed both. Entwistle shows us how the world of psychology is looked at in the secular form as well as gives the reader a view from the Christian standpoint. Christian psychology is define “as a commitment to a Christian worldview that shapes how psychology is studied and applied, and ...view middle of the document...
147). The last chapter of the book talks about the major obstacles when integrating psychology and theology together. Some of those obstacles are the lack of cross-disciplinary expertise, the lack of a clear definition of the word integration, failure to see that theology is a something more than scattered proof texting, and the human resistance to change and to deal with the difficulty of ambiguity (Entwistle, 2010).
In reading Entwistle’s book I was able to get a better understanding to some questions that I still had about the things that happened when I was going through my separation and divorce and even after. When I separated from my husband in 2010 I was going to see a counselor to help me sort through the emotions and thoughts that I was having. I was in a place that I have never been before and I did not know how to come out of it without hurting myself or someone else. I had gone to my pastor at the time to talk about the situation and was told before I was able to even speak that my soul was dark and that I had murder in my heart. I took what the pastor said to heart and left and checked into the local mental health facility. With the right medication and counseling I thought I was on the path to recovery. My husband and I were slowly coming back together to the point he had been going to church and had invited myself and the kids to come see him get baptized as it seemed he wanted his family back. It was about a week or two later that I started to question God because it was all for show. Although, I had grown up in the church and knew nothing was possible unless God was a part of it I felt he had forsaken me. How could he allow a person to use him just to break another one down? I lost my faith in God, in the church, and in others. I truly felt like I had no one. It was my counselor that urge me to go back to church because she saw how important it was to me and that it was the missing part of my healing process. The situations that I went through with my ex-husband and how I come out of it is my reasoning that I want to help families in...