Integration: Defending It, Describing It, Doing It

Volume 34
Fall 2006
Integration: Defending It, Describing It, Doing It

The extensive literature on the integration of psychology and Christian faith falls into three rough categories: defending integration, describing integration, and doing integration. This article series is a very welcome and capable rearticulation of core themes in the defense and description of the integrative task. After highlighting common themes in the series, I query two key areas where I wish the authors had developed their thinking more explicitly. First, the focus on an undefined "€œtheism"€ as the religious core rather than Christianity is both puzzling and unsatisfying, as an abstraction like theism seems to have little substance to bring to bear on the integrative task. Second, the linkages in this series between theistic belief and consequences for psychological theory and practice were often implicit, and I argue that more substantive and explicit engagement with thick theological sources holds more promise to advance the integrative task. I close by applying the thrust of the series in rebuttal against contemporary voices of ambivalence about the integrative task.

Dr. S.L. Jones
252 - 259
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