Integration of psychology and theology

You will be given a section of a work attacking psychology in general and integration specifically. This will be provided well in advance of the final so you can be aware of it throughout most of the course. You are to critique this work and defend the integration of psychology and theology using what you have learned in this course. Things you should address are the assumptions and presuppositions made about psychology, theology, the Bible, and integration by the author of the article. Addressing the above will get a grade of C. Failure to address all of the above will get a D or F. A or B will require evidence of individual thinking and scholarship above simply repeating what has been taught in the course.
Maximum 4 body pages, double spaced, 12-point, font new times roman style. I stop reading after page 4 so be parsimonious and consider Occam’s razor. This means write succinctly and to the point. Do not add superfluous words. Do not repeat or summarize what is in the material. I have read it. If you can say it in one word, say it. In addition, reference ANY AND ALL IDEAS that are not your own (e.g. Hill, 1999 states….). Bibliography should have all references used and is in addition to the four pages in the body. Include a title page with the words final exam and Dr. Wiltshire, class, year and semester, your name centered horizontally and vertically on the page as follows
The final exam as per the syllabus is to critique the view Martin Bobgan has of psychology and psychotherapy. You should use most of the material in the course to support your critique not just one or two ideas or references. Be specific. E.G. Bobgan’s view on X does not take in to consideration Carter’s position that of Y &Z (Carter, 1980). Then explain how Carter’s idea disproves Bobgan’s idea. No reference page is necessary as this is a final not a paper. Just indicate where the ideas came from as I did above (name, date) in body of the paper. Some references may be me (Wiltshire, 2022).
Below is the definition of the word he uses to describe psychological treatment. Almost says it all.
“Psychoheresy is the integration of secular psychological counseling theories and therapies with the Bible. Psychoheresy is also the intrusion of such theories into the preaching and practice of Christianity, especially when they contradict or compromise biblical Christianity in terms of the nature of man, how he is to live, and how he changes.”
The links below are two places where he spells out his theory. You should read these so you get the idea of his theory. It is actually pretty straight forward. It is not complex. May not have to read every word but whatever it takes to understand his theory. Probably helpful to work out his theory separately. You can use one paragraph to generally summarize his ideas but the bulk of the final is for you to apply what you know now about IPT to debunk his ideas step by step.
Also it may help to review the main ideas from each lecture, article or book we have used so you can apply them as you read Bobgan. Other’s comments in posts may be helpful too.
You might also want to notice the tone and stereotyping he does throughout.
Follow the instructions in the syllabus. Any questions ask now.
Is Psychological Counseling Biblical? with Martin and Deidre Bobgan (Part 1) |
Is Psychological Counseling Biblical? with Martin and Deidre Bobgan (Part 2) |

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