Describe Each of the Individual Tenets of the Psychological Theory and Compare Each to Scripture's Teachings
While the traditional psychological theories and models that are based upon naturalism are insufficient from a Christian worldview, not all of secular psychology is wrong. Indeed, there are many helpful and positive aspects of psychology to consider, which is why there is a need for integration.For Christian psychologists, our worldview must be determined by Scripture. Not only should we see our clients as individuals in need of Jesus Christ, but our understanding of mental illness and disorder should also be based upon a Gospel-oriented worldview. As a result, our therapeutic practice will utilize Scripture to heal our clients and glorify Jesus.
If a man went into a church and claimed to know a great deal about group dynamics, he would not automatically be considered a theologian. His findings might supplement the theologian, whose primary job it is to remind people that what God has said is right and what God has said is wrong. When religion adopts a dichotomous reasoning, polarizing itself from other disciplines in the same way Greek philosophy would polarize spirit and matter, it also breaks down relationships between God and the world. "Such a view of the sacred as completely separate from the [mite world parallels the compartmentalized epistemology that sees religion as completely separate from science". Paul wrote on this subject to the church at Rome two thousand years ago. The King James translation of Romans 1 :20 says, "For the invisible things of Him from the creation ofthe world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." God has revealed Himself to us, therefore making men accountable to Him for truth, whether they had a copy ofthe Bible or not. Everything that is true is from God, and gives glory to God.
Kierkegaard referred to some of his writings as “psychology.” Evans, inspired in part by philosophers like Kierkegaard, challenged Christians in the area of psychology to “develop their own theories, research and practice that flow from Christian beliefs about human beings—while continuing to participate actively in the broader field.” Several contemporary authors identify themselves as Christian psychologists or participate in the broader movement. Writers who promote CP or write from this viewpoint include Dan Allender, Neil Anderson, Larry Crabb, Eric L. Johnson, Diane Langberg, Tremper Longman III, Gary Moon, Leanne Payne, Robert C. Roberts, Siang-Yang Tan, and P.J. Watson. In 2004, the Society for Christian Psychology was founded to promote “the development of a distinctly Christian psychology (including theory, research, and practice) that is based on a Christian understanding of human nature.”The society publishes a journal, Christian Psychology, to promote articles written from a CP perspective (Johnson, 2000).
Fundamental to the development of science was the view that God created a world that had intrinsic order, that God commanded human beings to have "dominion" over the world, and that our ability to effectively exercise this control over our world required an understanding of its operation.
Johnson, Foundations; Dan Allender, The Healing Path (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook, 2000);
Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III, The Cry of the Soul (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1994);
Neil Anderson, The Bondage Breaker (Eugene: Harvest House, 1990); Larry Crabb, Inside Out (Colorado Springs: NavPress, 1987);
Larry Crabb, The Pressure’s Off (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook, 2002);
Diane Langberg, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Wheaton: Tyndale House, 1997)