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Journal of Psychology and Theology

An academic journal promoting the integration of psychology and theology, where theology sets the boundaries for drawing conclusions. Its purpose is to present articles that have a biblical perspective on the nature of humankind.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 4, Winter

Feeling Queasy about the Incarnation: Terror Management Theory, Death, and the Body of Jesus
Throughout Christian history, at different times and places, believers have expressed ambivalence regarding the Incarnation. There has always been something scandalous and shocking about God taking a fully human form. What is the source of this discomfort?...
God Images Following Hurricane Katrina in South Mississippi: An Exploratory Study
God image appears to affect an individual's ability to cope, either positively or negatively, following stressful life events. This qualitative investigation explored God images of Hurricane Katrina survivors two months after the storm along the Mississippi...
Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
Previous research has demonstrated that violence and -abuse have a long-term, negative impact on mental health, while faith, spirituality, and religiosity have a long-term, positive impact. Kidd and Witten attempted to investigate this phenomenon in...
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Previous research has demonstrated a connection between prayer and personality type. In this study, Francis and Robbins sought to extend this research by applying Jungian psychological type theory to prayer. Specifically, they hypothesized that the...
Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training
Forgiveness has become an increasingly prominent in psychology over the last twenty to thirty years. Along with a growing body of theory and research, a number of interventions aimed at promoting forgiveness have been developed. These applications...
Religious Doubt and Identity Formation: Salient Predictors of Adolescent Religious Doubt
Different ideological perspectives about religious doubt spawn controversy and confusion among some Christians. Typically misunderstood as unbelief, doubt is often characterized as dangerous if not outright prohibited by Scripture. As this study demonstrates,...
The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Theory and research on religious orientation often includes a quest dimension. This dimension focuses on religious doubts; those who score high on it are likely to manifest high levels of religious doubt, an unwillingness to accept the "pat answers"...
Theologically-Informed Education about Masturbation: A Male Sexual Health Perspective
The Bible presents no clear theological ethic on masturbation, leaving many young unmarried Christians with confusion and guilt around their sexuality. Moreover, with only a sin-based vocabulary for discussing masturbation, those with compulsive masturbation...
Using Spiritual Self-Disclosure in Psychotherapy
The purpose of this article is to outline a series of recommendations to aid therapists in developing and integrating spiritual self-disclosure into the therapeutic process. The authors introduce six categories of spiritual self-disclosure by adapting...
Winnicott's Object Relations Theory and the Work of the Holy Spirit
While various studies have focused on the practical working of the Holy Spirit in counseling and therapy and the impact of the Holy Spirit on personality growth and development, few studies have offered sustained theoretical reflections or now the...