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Forum 1: Discussion Board Post Primer 

     

The purpose of this discussion board post is to get students to “think about” your readings and presentations and begin reflecting upon the primary goal of this course—to consider the integration of psychology and theology.  The emphasis is on “thinking.”  Here are some questions to get you started in this process.

 

    Prior to taking this class, did you have any assumptions (beliefs) regarding the validity of psychology in Christian counseling?

    Were you influenced by your religious upbringing to like, or oppose, the profession of psychology?

    To what extent did your own “worldview” impact your reading of the chapters and the knowledge gained through listening to the presentations?

    What was the most interesting piece of information you read in your textbook?


As you approach the question of integration, consider the statement by Jay Adams.  Bottom line, what is Adams claiming by making the statement, "Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings"?  Is he dismissing all of psychology and anything that can be learned from this discipline?  Why do you think he takes such a strong stance?  Do you agree with him?  What does the statement say about his own worldview?  You may be interested to know that Adams is not a psychologist; he is a pastor.


In the final analysis, do you feel that psychology and theology can be integrated?  If so, why do you believe this?  Have you opened your mind to that possibility that the two disciplines can work together?  What have you read in Entwistle that would suggest that integration is possible?  Alternatively, despite what you have read, do you still feel that there are major difficulties to surmount in order for the two disciplines to be integrated?


Please, please, do not just regurgitate information from your textbook, or use long quotations.  Create a dialogue between you and your Pastor.  Make your argument for or against integration.


  “Pastor, thanks for allowing me to answer your concerns. Personally, I agree/disagree. . . “


As you present your argument for or against integration, please make sure that you draw upon the textbook and presentations to support your arguments.  Use citations to "back up" your statements.  Make sure your paragraphs are no longer than four-five sentences (with only one main idea per paragraph).  Compose your post in Microsoft Word, using Word's "Proofing" function.  Use Word's "References" for your textbook.  Consult "Basic Citations and References" for the proper method to cite your presentations.