The Human Person in Theology and Psychology
What does it mean to be human? Both the Bible and psychology have unique perspectives on the question, and when understood together they can enrich our perspective on people while improving our ministry to those in need. Written by experts...
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What does it mean to be human? Both the Bible and psychology have unique perspectives on the question, and when understood together they can enrich our perspective on people while improving our ministry to those in need. Written by experts in their respective fields, this book explores four aspects of the human person: origin and destiny, substance and identity, function and behavior, relationships and community. After examining the underpinnings of anthropology from a biblical and theological position, it then analyzes what it means to be human from a psychological perspective. Finally, it integrates the two disciplines, creating a comprehensive textbook for courses in theological anthropology, clinical psychology, and counseling, as well as providing a resource for pastoral and professional counselors. "This is a great organizational scheme and a great conversation, regardless of [whether theology or psychology] is the reader's primary language." -Everett L. Worthington Jr. Professor and Chair of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University "This book is a remarkable achievement, bringing together theological anthropology, systematic theology, and contemporary psychology into a comprehensive text. Although I do not agree with all their conclusions, I applaud Demarest and Beck for their thorough scholarship and commend this book as a thoughtful and sometimes provocative look at the human person." -Mark R. McMinn Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College Bruce Demarest (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is director of the program in formation and soul care at Denver Seminary. A former missionary educator and professor of Christian formation, he is also the author of several booksincluding Soul Guide, Satisfy Your Soul, and Integrative Theology. James R. Beck (Ph.D., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology) is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women and The Psychology of Paul.
A new analysis of human nature and behavior in biblical perspective by two evangelical experts. This comprehensive textbook discusses four key aspects of the human person by exploring the relationship between origin and destiny, substance and identity, function and behavior, and relationships and community. The authors argue that an integrated approach of theology and psychology not only enhances our understanding of what it means to be human, but is also key to that understanding.
James R. Beck (Ph.D., Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of counseling at Denver Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of eight books, including Jesus and Personality Theory, Healing the Hurting: Giving Hope and Help to Abused Women, The Psychology of Paul: A Fresh Look at His Life and Teaching and The Human Person in Theology and Psychology: A Biblical Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century .
Bruce Demarest (Ph.D., University of Manchester) is professor of Christian formation at Denver Seminary in Littleton, Colorado. He is author of Dictionary of Everyday Theology and Culture (Navpress; 2010 with Keith Mathews); Seasons of the Soul: Stages of Spiritual Development (InterVarsity Press, 2009) The Human Person in Theology & Psychology (with Jim Beck, Kregel, 2005); Soul Guide: Following Jesus as Spiritual Director: (Navpress, 2003); Satisfy Your Soul: Restoring the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Navpress, 1999); The Cross & Salvation (Crossway, 1997); Integrative Theology (with Gordon Lewis, Zondervan, 1994); General Revelation (Zondervan, 1982) and Who Is Jesus? (Scripture Press/Victor, 1978).
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