Analyzing Enwistles’ Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity
David Entwistle’s Integrative Approaches to Psychology and Christianity (2010) is a text used to bring to light the integration of psychology and theology from a Christian viewpoint. When thinking of how to describe this book in its entirety, Entwistle allows readers to understand that with psychology and Christian theology utilized together it, “can help us understand and appreciate humanity more fully than we could with either perspective alone” (p. 3). Within society, church has always been a prominent topic and as people have shown, they are naturally curious. Christians want to seek out how we can serve our Lord in the most efficient way possible. Entwistle wants readers to delve into both nature and theology in order to come to an understanding of how both can treat the mind, body, and soul of an individual. Entwistle uses his own real life experiences to engage the reader and give examples in order for people to see his comparisons into both theology and psychology. Integration of psychology is utilized to be a source of guidance for Christians everywhere with the goal to remove sin and give support to people who are seeking out more in their significant lives. Some people would argue that psychology and theology should never be placed together; however, it is prevalent to understand what they both are utilized for. Psychology’s main goal is put the experiences of humans first while theology places God as the most important focus.
Enwistle focuses on that while integration of psychology and theology isn’t two disciplines that most would place together, it is necessary for the two disciplines to work together. The challenge that Enwistle proposes to the reader is that each individual has the responsibility to take in account for their own worldviews; thus, incorporating both theology and psychology. Within this understanding, the...