Integration Course: Core Concepts from Entwistle's Textbook
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Some Core Concepts from Entwistle Relating to Integration
(Brian Campbell, 2016)

Below please find a list of core concepts from Entwistle’s textbook.  You are not expected to incorporate all or even most of these concepts you’re your 4-MAT review.  However, I am looking to see whether you grasp some of the most salient points—especially as they relate to the main theme of integration.

Truth: All truth is God’s truth.

Both Seek Truth:  Science/psychology & theologian both seek truth.

Sources of Truth:  Science/psychology studies  à  physical world/nature.

Sources of Truth:   Theology studies  à  Bible (and is inspired by the Holy Spirit).

Two Books to Study:  Francis Bacon, four hundred years ago…God has given us two books to study—His Word, and His Works.

Hostility:  Historically, religion/church has at times been hostile to science/psychology.

Hostility:  Science/psychology has belittled theology as being less “intellectual.”

Enemies and Allies:  Historically, science (reason) and religion (faith/belief) have been both enemies and allies.

Equal Validity:  Both sources of truth (“Books of Truth”) are valid and reflect/come from God.

Equal Validity:  God can be seen in the “genome or the cathedral.”

Methods:  Science/psychology seeks truth through scientific/experimental method.

Methods: Theology seeks truth through Hermeneutics (the systematic study of the Bible).

General Influence:  Worldviews” (set of assumptions), influence our search for the truth and our efforts at integration.

Personal Influence:  Our own “Worldview” influences our search for truth and willingness to consider integration.  Important for people to examine presuppositions.

  Potential Bias:  Our search for truth is biased/influenced/filtered, by how we view the world (our presuppositions).

Secular World View:  Belief that science is the only source of truth.

Naturalist:  Believes that nothing other than the material world exists.  Two propositions:  1) There is no God;   2) Matter is all that there is.

Supernaturalist:  Believes material world exists, but it came into existence because God created it.  The material world does not exist on its own.

Metaphysical Questions:  Considerations of the nature and existence of God, the relationship of God to His creation, and the nature of ethics and aesthetics.  These considerations have implications for integration.

Determinism:  Science believes that everything is determined.

Free Will:  Christianity, believes that man has free will, and thinking/behavior are not strictly determined—not explicable by nature alone (Lewis).

Theocentric Worldview:  God is the central aspect of our existence.

Main Premise for Integration:  Science is descriptive, not prescriptive.

  Metaphysical Underpinnings:  Scientific understandings and Christian understandings are compatible (Entwistle, 2013, p. 110).

Five Models of Integration:  Enemies; Spies; Colonists; Neutral Parties; & Allies.

1.  Enemies:  Like Tertullian, some believe that faith and reason cannot be in agreement.

2.  Spies:  People with a psychology background/training, who do not believe in God, but see some Christian concepts (like forgiveness) as useful or potentially effective for helping psychological problems.

3.  Colonialists:  “Religious spies in the psychological world” (p. 187).  They plunder psychology and remove what may be of use to “religiously committed” people.  Try to align psychological findings to a Christian worldview.

4.  Neutral Parties:  Encourages the contribution of both disciplines.  However, keeps the two disciplines distinct—separated.  “Parallel” models (Carter and Narramore).

  Psychological Neutrality:  People committed to psychology, who hold religious beliefs, but not necessarily Christian beliefs.

  Christian Neutrality:  People who are committed to psychology, but simultaneously hold Christian Beliefs.  They do not rule out overlap of the two disciplines.

 5.  Allies:  See Christianity and Psychology as two complimentary methods of discovering truth.

 

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