I am not so much learning new things as I am realizing the things I've already learned. I think that's what I love so much about psychology in the first place is that it puts words to the experiences we have. Reminds me of how beautiful we are. At first I didn't really understand how this class would work: Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology. I thought it would be, okay so you want to be a psychologist, and you are a Christian. So how are you a Christian psychologist?
But that's not it at all. What I mean is, that's not the question being asked or answered. In fact, not many questions are being answered at all. But that's just it isn't it? The whole big amazing thing: Questions are good. Answers don't always matter. It's the journey your questions take you on that matter.
I highly recommend looking at a couple of theories on faith development.
First, read Kohlberg's stages of moral development. I can't believe I'm linking you to wikipedia, but it's simple.
Next, check out William Perry's scheme of intellectual development.
And lastly, James Fowler and his stages of faith development.
I know, I know, I'm in a whole class to learn about this stuff, but it's really interesting.
Now, what stages do you see yourself at? What stages do you see the church (as a collective whole) at? This challenged me in so many ways. Where could I be at? Where should the church be?
Anyway, I don't even know if anyone still reads this blog, and I know this one is not all wrapped up neat and pretty with a bow around it, so I guess this is a thinker post. Hopefully it will spark something in you as it did me. I'm not going to spell it out. We do too much of that.
So psychology and theology. What do they have in common? are they really that different from each other? After all psyche means soul, and psychology is literally the study of the soul. Should we as Christians pay more attention to psychology? Why? Why not?