Numerous great thinkers, from Sigmund Freud to Albert Bandura, have endeavored to comprehend human personality. Understanding ourselves seems a critical first step to living healthier, happier lives. All of these theorists, however, have attempted to study human personality through scientific inquiry and through human ideas and philosophies while rejecting a Christian worldview. As a Christian, I believe the bible has much to offer regarding understanding human nature. As another great thinker, Galileo Galilei, once said, “The bible tells us how to go to heaven, not how the heavens go” (as cited in Hummel, 1986, p. 9). The contribution of science is invaluable as the bible does not explain, “how the heavens go.” The bible does explain “how …show more content…
Further, Christianity believes that the work of Christ, through the cross, the resurrection, and ascension, restores that life and though not wholly realized yet, will one day be fully restored. The bible recognizes that the spirit of man is that which “gives life to the body” (Elwell, 1984, p. 1041). It “lies in one’s inmost being,” having been made by God so that people may have “fellowship with him” (Elwell, 1984). Through the prophet Jerimiah, God describes the people’s behavior and motivations by saying that they are thirsty because they have left Him (which is sin), the source of life, and seek life elsewhere (Jer. 2:13). Blaise Pascal (2,000) offers …show more content…
This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves. (p. 76) This offers a broad foundation for understanding human motivation and behavior. The quest for happiness strongly influences how individuals think, feel, and act. The human spirit, having lost life through sin, desperately seeks for new life. If people feel they have happiness, they will behave one way; if they feel they are not happy, they will act another. Pascal (2,000) goes on to say that people will not find true happiness until they find their life in Him (p. 77). Integrating psychology and Christian theology may reveal greater insight into human nature and personality than either discipline alone. While the bible does not provide scientific knowledge, it does provide a valuable alternate perspective. Science attempts to understand human personality, but limits itself to the material world. Christianity acknowledges a spiritual reality and not only offers insight into human nature but also a model with which to interpret the data gathered by science. When understanding human personality, scientific inquiry offers considerable insight. Consulting the One who created human beings, however, will also
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If our behavior is derived from our worldview, then our faith should impact how we think and our behavior when interacting with others. Christian psychologist David Myers, of Hope College, explains how he integrates his Christian worldview into the world of psychology. Myers explains that, “Believing that in everything we deal with God, and feeling called to worship with our minds, we search Gods world, seeking to discern its truths.” (Myers, 1996). Myers goes on to discuss how it is a religious duty that our faith act as our attitude in everything that we do.
A writer will write their views on psychology and Christian then other writers responds to the views of the writer. In this book, the author will comment on what they agree or disagree about the views of the author of the psychological relationship with Christian. Now, I will summarize the contents in the book Psychology & Christianity: Five Views. From several view above, the level of explanation approach could be said the most liberal than others .The
The second question with the problem with humans is “what are the innate predispositions of men?” (Becker, 1971, p. 116). The third question with the problem with humans is “what types of personality are most valued” (Becker, 1971, p. 116). The fourth question with the problem with humans is “what are the modes of relating to others” (Becker, 1971, p. 116).
The human mind’s ability and innate desire to justify and explain the world and its phenomena has led to some of the most significant and world-altering discoveries and inventions, illustrated throughout the renaissance, enlightenment, scientific revolution, and industrial revolution. Logical pursuits comprise a significant capstone of human nature and progress. However, according to Rudolf Otto in The Idea of the Holy, these tendencies have created different dimensions of religion; the rational and non-rational, with the latter often times overlooked. The most significant difference between the rational and non-rational aspects of religion deal with their respective emphasis on reason and feeling. Rudolph Otto prioritizes the non-rational as offering a truer understanding of religion because he claims the core of all religious life revolves around experiences and feeling, not simply rational thought.
People miss the fact that happiness comes from within. In an attempt to find joy – we must also be cautious about over excessive desire to acquire material objects and wealth. There is a delicate balance that must be reached between the pursuit of happiness, satisfaction, and contentment. While there are many conditions that fulfill ones emotional wellbeing, happiness and how we acquired it, depends upon the
Johnson explains in his book that psychology and Christianity went hand-in-hand as a coalition. This is seemingly due to the church’s assumed responsibility of soul-care, and the belief that all problems were caused by sin, not necessarily mental illness (2010). However, there are currently several views of conflict between psychology and Christianity, similar to the conflict recurrently found between science and faith. There is importance in the correlation of psychology and Christianity for both scientists and Christians. When not examined and pondered on, the relationship between psychology and Christianity today can cause much confusion in an individual, potentially leading to atheism and evolutionism.
Benchmark Assignment: Gospel Essentials “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1: l, New International Version). This is where it all began. God’s perfect Creation included night and day, sky and land and sea, the moon and the stars, all the birds and fish and animals, and humankind. Man quickly messed it up and the Fall hit hard. No more was humanity right with God.
People are required to make ethical decisions every day. These decisions can greatly impact their future. What is important to some people may have little or no value to others. A person with a Christian worldview would base their ethical dilemma decision on their beliefs and the instructions that God’s word provides.
As stated, God has created all of nature and thus His truth should be able to be found through it. Because of this, Christians should also understand that knowledge gained from nature can be true even if it is not outlined in the Bible. As a sinful people discerning God’s truth from nature, it is necessary for there to be a lot of wisdom and self-reflection on the Christian’s part. In understanding psychology and theology, we as Christians must first understand intellectual humility. Entwistle said this about intellectual humility, “Humility as an intellectual virtue involves our recognition of our intellectual abilities and liabilities.
In relation to Christianity, Ninian Smart’s Seven Dimensions of religion seem to all be at play and sometimes overlap between dimensions. But because Christianity is such a vast religion with many subdivisions and differing views, certain dimensions that are consistent throughout the differing sects play a greater role than other dimensions that are less consistent across sects. Consistently prioritized in this religion are the aspects of the ritual or practical dimension, the ethical or legal dimension, and the experiential or emotional dimension. For Christianity, the ritual or practical dimension applies to the various forms of worship, prayer, and other practices of the Christian church.
“The deep truth is that our human suffering need not be an obstacle to the joy and peace we so desire, but can become, instead, the means to it. The great secret of the spiritual life, the life of the Beloved Sons and daughters of God, is that everything we live, be it gladness or sadness, joy or pain, health or illness, can all be part of the journey toward the full realization of our humanity” Henri
Through scientific research, one can see how there was a progression of each variation of humans. While many see this as one of the most prominent positions in which these two entities argue, by allowing science to support religion, they will see how they are mutually beneficial for each other. By stating that God made humans in His likeness is correct, but in order to show how the evolution of humans progressed, one must continue in the book of Genesis. After God created Adam and Eve, Eve fell into temptation by eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. By disobeying God’s only command, God banished them from the Garden of Eden and allowed for shame and evil to affect them.
In the Catholic “Trinitarian description of spirituality” humans can relate to God just like they can relate to another human being. Humans can speak with God, share their joys, and fears with God. Individuals are now able to live the Christian faith “after the way of Jesus” by following the steps that were laid out in the Bible. Jesus told his disciples how to live in a Christian like way and those steps have been shared over thousands of years. God’s Spirt has begun to play a large role in the Catholic faith because “we have a natural affinity to respond to the Spirit’s outreach” (Groome 278).
With the aid of the two counseling theories, Roger’s personality theory and Adlerian personality theory, I managed to make a personal self-reflection on my values, attitudes, beliefs and how became who am I today. I certainly have an affinity for humanistic approach because it emphasized that every person has their own unique way to perceive and make sense of world. It also focused more understanding people’s subjectivity. The theory under humanistic approach that helped to reflect and gain insight about myself is Carl Roger’s personality theory. The reason I chose this theory because I feel it holds true to my personality development compared and I like his concept and emphasis on the importance of the self-actualizing tendency in shaping human personalities.
However I believe that this is irrelevant, because knowledge is the connection between two sets of information, not the information itself and therefore, by interpreting your own thoughts, religion or psychology you will come to a conclusion based on your own culture/religion etc. Following the definitions set up in the beginning, then even if the information is false, if it bring a purpose or a meaning to someone’s life then it is always valid. As such, both religion and psychology bring comfort to people by giving answers. Answers which may be false and heavily bias over time, but answers nonetheless.