Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Biblical Psychology

  • Jeffrey H. BoydEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_74
  • 1 Downloads

Mindfulness, a Buddhist view of human experience, is widely employed in psychology today. Every major religion offers a view of human experience, i.e., a spiritual psychology. The most popular is the biblical view. There are two billion people in the world who say they are Christian, one billion Muslims, 0.8 billion Hindus, 0.4 billion Buddhists, 0.02 billion Jews, and 1.6 billion people who are none of the above. The biblical view is shared by those who call themselves Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

There is more than one biblical view. For example, in the book of Joshua, there is a ferocious attitude toward people of other religions (“kill the Jebusites”), whereas Jesus taught us to live peaceably in a pluralistic society (“love your neighbors”).

The Bible’s God-Centered Approach

The Bible from a Christian perspective offers a God-centered view of people. God is the creator, rescuer, and goal of humans. Comparing today’s popular psychology with the biblical approach is like comparing...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Bibliography

  1. Boyd, J. H. (1996). Reclaiming the soul. Cleveland: Pilgrim.Google Scholar
  2. Center for Study of Global Christianity. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.worldchristiandatabase.org.
  3. Delitzsch, F. (2003). A system of biblical psychology. Eugene: Wipf & Stock.Google Scholar
  4. Johnson, E. (Ed.). (1998). Psychology within the Christian tradition. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 17(4), 306–320.Google Scholar
  5. Roberts, R. (1993). Taking the word to heart. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.Google Scholar
  6. Society for Christian Psychology. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.christianpsych.org.
  7. Theissen, G. (1987). Psychological aspects of Pauline theology. Philadelphia: Fortress.Google Scholar
  8. Vitz, P. (1994). Psychology as religion. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.Google Scholar
  9. Yancey, P. (1997). What’s so amazing about grace? Grand Rapids: Zondervan.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Waterbury HospitalWaterburyUSA