As we consider the broad topic of integration of science (psychology, in our case) and theology, consider this conversation that a student had with his pastor:
Pastor: I know you are studying counseling at Liberty University. As you know, I received training in theology, and I well remember Jay Adams’ famous statement: “Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings.” I am deeply concerned about the wisdom of pursuing this degree at Liberty. Personally, I think psychology is a secular “mumbo jumbo.”
The Pastor continues: In my opinion, all psychological problems are simply problems of faith, and should be addressed through prayer, repentance, and seeking counsel from the Holy Spirit. After all, you, as a sinner, cannot be expected to help other sinful people–can you? Can psychology really be integrated with theology? What’s your opinion?”
How would you respond to your pastor? In your dialogue with your pastor (“Pastor, thanks for allowing me to answer your concerns. Personally, I agree/disagree. . . “) include the following:
Make sure to justify and support your answer. Where appropriate, use in-text citations to support your assertions. Feel free to actually create a dialogue with your pastor, or provide your answer in a narrative. For all your discussion board work for this module/week, make sure you draw upon the textbook and presentations to support your arguments, as well as Scripture if appropriate. For your initial post, use citations with at least two sources to “back up” your statements. One source should be scripture from the Holy Bible.