Jocelyn Bryan provides a psychological perspective on key aspects of human nature and behaviour drawing on recent research and reflect on the issues this raises for theology and ministry.
The aim is to introduce theology students, those studying practical theology and those engaged in ministerial formation or ministry to the significant current research in psychology which will deepen understanding of some of the core aspects of human nature. The interdisciplinary nature of the exercise aims to model the benefits of such an approach for both theology and ministerial practice and as such the book aims to cross traditional boundaries.
The objective is to introduce the reader to new fields of academic psychology beyond those of counselling and psychoanalysis, dated personality psychology and the popular psychology which is often referred to in publications in the area of ministerial practice and enable the reader to engage with recent psychological research and developments.
"All too often in the past attempts to address the relationship between psychology and theology have fallen short of their promise. In 'Human Being', Jocelyn Bryan shows what can happen when the subject is approached by someone who has studied psychology extensively and engages with theology professionally. The summaries of theoretical positions and empirical results are deft, the theological and biblical connections convincing, and the overall approach is both fresh and true to its subject matter. This is an inspiring and extremely useful book that brings much-needed clarity and theological imagination to bear on a wide range of personal and pastoral issues." -- Stephen Cherry
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