Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Psychology in the Bible

  • M. Alroy MascrengheEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_200234

Religion and Psychology

Evangelicals have reacted in at least three different ways to the interaction between religion and psychology. The Hyper Orthodox group as Johnson calls them has rejected psychology outright and stressed that all knowledge of human nature should come only from the Bible. The perspectivalists tend to read the Bible for theological insights and not for psychological insights. While they agree that the Bible might indeed address some psychological issues, they do not see that as the primary purpose of the Bible. Integrationists resist a rigid separation between the Bible and psychology (Johnson 1992). Modern scholarship is bent more toward the integrationists side.

There have been two areas in the integration between psychology and the Bible. One considers how the Bible can help in psychology. Drawing insights from the Bible to help with psychology and counseling. The other considers how psychology can help in reading the Bible, using insights from psychology to...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa