What Has Faith To Do With Psychology?

The Human Puzzle: Psychological Research and Christian Belief by David G. Myers (Harper & Row, 278 pp., $5.95 pb), is reviewed by Lewis Rambo, assistant professor of religion and psychology, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, California.

Among evangelicals, psychology is enjoying a remarkable popularity. Manifestations of this interest are to be seen in the large number of psychological books found in Christian bookstores, the growth of the Christian Association for Psychological studies (CAPS), the establishment of doctoral programs in psychology in association with Georgia State University and with Fuller and Talbot seminaries as well as countless masters programs, and the well-received Journal of Psychology and Theology. Now comes this book as the first in a series to be published by Harper & Row in association with CAPS under the editorship of Craig W. Ellison of Simpson College.

The book is an excellent beginning for the series. This joint venture is a sign of the anticipated large market for such books and a symbol of the growing respectability and sophistication of the emerging religion and psychology movement among evangelicals.

The Human Puzzle follows two other recent and valuable books—Malcolm Jeeves’s Psychology and Christianity (InterVarsity) and Gary Collins’s The Rebuilding of Psychology (Tyndale House). Jeeves contends that psychology and theology are, each in its own way, valuable and viable modes of knowledge. They are distinct perspectives that do not contradict one another but are complementary explanations of the same phenomenon. Collins, by contrast, advocates the renovation of the science of psychology by the implementation of the assumptions, values, ...

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