The Tension Between Psychology and Theology: The Etymological Roots

Volume
Volume 10
Issue
Summer 1982
Title
The Tension Between Psychology and Theology: The Etymological Roots
Abstract

The author asserts that one source of the tension between psychology and Christian theology lies in the historical anthropological debates concerning the relationship between spirit and soul. The author summarizes first some of the various meanings of the term psyche since its origins in classical Greek and traces this ambiguity through the nineteenth century. The development of the term psychology is also summarized, demonstrating that its denotative and connotative meanings have become increasingly divergent. This has resulted in "psychology without a soul," an accurate descriptor of much nineteenth century and most twentieth century psychology. The initial theological reaction to this "new" psychology was the differentiation of "biblical psychology," side-by-side with the "psychological novel" and depth psychology, which remained ensouled.

Author
Dr. H. Vande Kemp
Pages
105 - 112
Price
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