In the chosen article, the scientific view of human physiology and the Christian view of human physiology promoted integration where both views contributed to fuller understanding of human nature as well as God’s design for humans. Each has its purpose. The scientific view informed and broadened certain aspects of Christian theological belief (Whitney, 2019). The Christian view broaden, critiqued, and informed features within psychology (Whitney, 2019). Specifically, the doctrine of creation is critical to the integration of psychology and Christianity (Whitney, 2019). Psychology alone cannot touch the extent of learning about personhood (Whitney, 2019). Christian theology provides such resources to learn about the fullness of personhood, especially in regard to the Trinity (Whitney, 2019). I agree with the conclusions drawn from the chosen article. God is the One who created this world, humanity, our bodies, our minds, and our nervous system (English Standard Version Bible, 2001, Genesis 1:26). He knows how they function now and how they were intended to function (English Standard Version Bible, 2001, Psalm 139). He is Lord over it all, even with the presence of sin (English Standard Version Bible, 2001, Colossians 1:16,17). I do not see things as separate but more integrated, more holistic. The article provided illuminating insight to how sin cannot fully taint such created orders and how goodness remains in them (Whitney, 2019). The article also brought encouragement to the work of psychology and of therapy as ways to be about God’s work (Whitney, 2019). If one has the time, I highly encourage one to read it.
I am strongly drawn to physiological psychology mostly due to being a survivor and advocate of trauma and abuse. This following article provided such good and rich insight to the affirmation of embodiment, the goodness of it, and how our bodies work out of a certain order for a reason. Providing information as such, brings comfort and destroys shame regarding such harmful experiences as well as paving the way to better care for others. This article brings further excitement to this course and all we will be learning!
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Whitney, W. B. (2019). Beginnings: Why the Doctrine of Creation Matters for the Integration of Psychology and Christianity. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 48(1), 44–65. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091647119837024 (Links to an external site.)
The scientific view of human physiology does not disprove a faith-based view of human physiology. Science and technology have made so much progress over the decades there are still people out there that do not believe in science or psychology. It is all about faith and what is read in the Bible. You can learn many kinds of knowledge, and if people do not recognize it, it really limits what they must know to be able to live (Ortberg, 2020). Psychology, science, and religion and evolve together. You must expand your horizons and not turn a blind eye to other information. You may miss out on something. “An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15, ESV) This passage to me says go and get the knowledge you seek and continue to seek knowledge. Don’t stop learning.
Several typologies characterize the interaction between science and religion by distinguishing three views: The independence view (no overlap between science and religion), the contact view (some overlap between the fields), and a union of the domains of science and religion (Krannich, 2017). I believe that we should never stop learning no matter where the knowledge comes from. You can always follow and carry the word of God with you and incorporate other knowledge with your faith. You can be wise in both psychology and religion without contradiction.
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Krannich, L.-C. (2017). Helen De Cruz and Johan De Smedt. A natural history of natural theology: The cognitive science of theology and philosophy of religion. Cambridge; London: MIT, 2015. 246 pp. Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences, 4(2), 264. https://doi.org/10.1628/ptsc-2017-0011.
Ortberg, J. (2020, January 1). Does science disprove faith? – Articles. BioLogos. https://biologos.org/articles/does-science-disprove-faith.