Book Review / January 16, 2020
Book Review - The Integration of Psychology and Theology

The Integration of Psychology and Theology

An Introduction
By: John D. Carter, S. Bruce Narramore

Book Reivew

This is the first book I have read presenting and defending the integration approach to counseling. I grew up and went to college and seminary being taught a strictly biblical counseling model. Over the last few years, I have read many books written strictly from the world of psychology and have benefited from them. I still maintain the core tenet of biblical counseling - the sufficiency of Scriptures; however, since I have benefited from a secular description of human brokenness (I am not talking about the secular presuppositions), I was curious what I would think of a formal presentation of an integrationist approach.

I will get right to it. I found myself mostly in agreement with how it was presented in this book. They have done an excellent job laying things out and exploring the things at stake. The key concept that I cannot agree with is putting psychology on equal footing with the Scriptures. John and Bruce do consistently give a nod to the sufficiency of the Scriptures, and they extensively credit the world of psychology under the principal "the unity of truth" with the ability to produce knowledge/truth that the Bible does not. I don't think they would say it that way though, and I am not sure how to put it into words yet. They make an excellent and persuasive case. However, I kept on waiting for them to make a clearer statement more along the lines the discipline of psychology more under the Scriptures instead of an equal. They come very close, but not quite.

Book Review / Jan 16
Book Review - The Integration of Psychology and Theology

The Integration of Psychology and Theology

An Introduction
By: John D. Carter, S. Bruce Narramore

Book Reivew

This is the first book I have read presenting and defending the integration approach to counseling. I grew up and went to college and seminary being taught a strictly biblical counseling model. Over the last few years, I have read many books written strictly from the world of psychology and have benefited from them. I still maintain the core tenet of biblical counseling - the sufficiency of Scriptures; however, since I have benefited from a secular description of human brokenness (I am not talking about the secular presuppositions), I was curious what I would think of a formal presentation of an integrationist approach.

I will get right to it. I found myself mostly in agreement with how it was presented in this book. They have done an excellent job laying things out and exploring the things at stake. The key concept that I cannot agree with is putting psychology on equal footing with the Scriptures. John and Bruce do consistently give a nod to the sufficiency of the Scriptures, and they extensively credit the world of psychology under the principal "the unity of truth" with the ability to produce knowledge/truth that the Bible does not. I don't think they would say it that way though, and I am not sure how to put it into words yet. They make an excellent and persuasive case. However, I kept on waiting for them to make a clearer statement more along the lines the discipline of psychology more under the Scriptures instead of an equal. They come very close, but not quite.

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