Psychological Science and Christian Faith
Insights and Enrichments from Constructive Dialogue
Is it possible to integrate scientific psychology with a Christian understanding of human nature? Are science and religion locked in an inevitable conflict, or is there an underlying harmony between these two sources of knowledge about humans? This book goes to the heart of the past and present dialogue between Christianity and psychology, comparing three models that have been used to describe the relationship between them.
Because Christianity and psychology deal with different levels of truth and speak vastly different languages, efforts to unify them often create more problems than they solve. What is needed is a better way to think about the relationship—an approach that does justice to the emerging insights from psychological science and biblical scholarship and that can enrich our understanding of both. In this volume, two accomplished psychologists show how this complementary dialogue can unfold, giving us a broader, deeper understanding of ourselves, our relationships, and our place in the cosmos.
"This is a thoughtful, wide-ranging exposition of the evolving interaction between psychological science and Christian faith. From the mind-body relationship to conversion experiences to moral behavior, Jeeves and Ludwig tackle fundamental questions with religious sensitivity and scientific integrity. I concur with their central thesis—that psychological science can and should inform religious faith deeply even though it can never replace faith (science simply cannot bear that weight). This very approachable book by two reputable psychologists will appeal to anyone interested in the psychology/faith interface—believers and unbelievers as well as those who simply wonder about it all the time!”
“A stimulating analysis of the relationship between psychological science and theology. The authors advocate a complementary relationship in which each discipline can provide insights and enrichments for the other, and they illustrate this with forays into neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, and the psychology of emotion and morality. I’ve been a clinical practitioner and researcher for 45 years, and tried to live consistently a life of faith and a professional identity. I learned a lot from this read! My bet is that you will, too.”
“A scintillating engagement with one of the most important dialogues of our time. Highly recommended.”
“This spirited and clearly written book argues that scientific psychology and Christian theology can provide complementary accounts of the human person. The authors are distinguished scientists who show how our understanding of humans is greatly enriched by seeing them as physically embodied creatures, but they reject reductionist accounts that see us only as products of mechanistic ‘bottom-up’ processes.”
“A comprehensive and very welcome exploration of the relationship between faith and psychology. Based on a lifetime's experience and up-to-date research, the book offers a map for mutually enriching interdisciplinary conversations between science and Christian theology.”