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Scuttling the Schizophrenic Student Mind: On Teaching the Unity of Faith and Learning In Psychology

Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

in Teaching as an Act of Faith

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780823222209
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236800 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222209.003.0002
Scuttling the                             Schizophrenic Student Mind: On Teaching the Unity of Faith and Learning                             In Psychology

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Getting students to have a worldview about psychology involves a certain amount of scuttling (a 19th-century nautical term meaning“to cut a hole in the deck of a ship for the purpose of saving her cargo”). The“cargo of intent” that most Christian students bring to the study of psychology is basically sound. Christian students have usually assimilated one of two responses to the claim that facts are quite distinct from values. Evangelical and mainline church students have generally absorbed a different but more common strategy. Although students come to college knowing little about academic discourse on postmodernism, the appeal of its popularized form is undeniable. Christians in the Calvinist tradition have been among the strongest critics of modernity, even though they have also affirmed science as one way of exploring God's creation. In all these pursuits by God's grace, humans unfold the riches of God's creation and purposes whether they give God the glory or try to keep it for themselves.

Keywords: psychology; Christianity; Calvinism; values; creation; modernity; Evangelism

Chapter.  6946 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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