Science, Religion, and Health

The Interface of Psychology and Theology/Spirituality

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J. Harold Ellens
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Wipf & Stock Publishers
    , November
     134 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Psychology and theology interface at four levels: theory development, research process, data collection, and clinical operation. At each level they connect in the model of humanness (anthropology) forming and functioning there; and in that model of humanness it is in personality theory that psychology illumes theology and that psychology illumines theology. A theologian who does not take full advantage of the way psychology illumines theology is not serious about the work of theology. A psychologist who does not take full advantage of the way theology illumines psychology is not serious about the field and practice of psychology. Science, Religion, and Health explains in readable style how that interface and mutual illumination works, and why it is crucial for Christian psychotherapists and pastors.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

J. Harold Ellens is a retired professor of philosophy and psychology, who spent the last decade and a half as Research Scholar at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Probing the Frontiers of Biblical Studies and Honest Faith in Our Time (both with Pickwick Publications). For more information, you may visit Dr. Ellens' website at


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