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AbstractThe following document concerns essays within the text Care for the Soul, edited by Mark McMinn and Timothy Philips. Two essays from the text are addressed in depth, in regards to exploring the intersection of psychology and theology: An Apologetic Apologia for the Integration of Psychology and Theology, by Stanton L. Jones, and An Interdisciplinary Map for Christian Counselors: Theology and Psychology in Pastoral Counseling, by Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger.Essay OneThough the essay An Apologetic Apologia for the Integration of Psychology and Theology, by Stanton L. Jones, is a defense for including psychology within the realm of the church, the essay begins by stating it is very possible--up until now--psychology has done more harm to Christianity, than benefit.According to Jones, the general actions of the church in regards to many pastoral matters, such as the pastoral counseling of an adulterer, are agreeable with psychotherapeutic process and include, "compassionate human listening; confrontation over sin; consolation, comfort and companionship in despair; receiving of confession, assurance of pardon, and reconstruction of that man's life in accord with proper virtues of self control, fidelity, respect for life..." Jones then goes to point out a scenario of childhood autism, where the church would be unequipped to provide care (or referral) without the benefit of psychological knowledge (which in such a case could provide a considerable cure for the symptoms of autism in 50% of cases).
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