Journal of Psychology and Christianity

Journal of Psychology and Christianity is a magazine focusing on Psychology and Christianity

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 4, Winter

40 Questions about Christians and Biblical Law
40 QUESTIONS ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND BIBLICAL LAW. Thomas R. Schreiner, Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010, Pp. 256, Pb. $17.99. Reviewed by J. Harold Ellens.Thomas R. Schreiner teaches NT Studies at Southern Baptist Seminary, and has published a number of volumes...
Apologies: The Art of Saying "I Am Sorry"
An important topic of inquiry in the area of forgiveness is the act of forgiveness-seeking or apology making. This paper combines insights drawn from change theory, practical theology, clinical experience and research on forgiveness-seeking to propose...
Counseling Couples in Conflict: A Relational Restoration Model
COUNSELING COUPLES IN CONFLICT: A RELATIONAL RESTORATION MODEL. James N. Sells and Mark A. Yarhouse, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011. Pp 299.After teaching a graduate psychology course on conflict management for several years, two things...
Editor's Page
Looking at this collection of personal essays that offer helpful guidance about engaging and keeping engaged students in research, I think that it might be possible to view this from two theoretical perspectives. One perspective is that of positive psychology...
Encouraging Student Interest in Research on Forgiveness, Religion, and Group Counseling in a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program
In this article, I describe my experiences with encouraging student interest in research on forgiveness, religion, and group counseling within a counseling psychology Ph.D. program. The article explains my academic setting, research interests, experiences...
Getting Master's Level Counseling Students Interested in Research
Approaches to increasing the involvement of masters-level counseling students in research are explored. The demographics of students enrolled in a M.A. in Counseling program at a mid-sized Christian university are briefly identified. Specific characteristics...
Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit at Luther College: Developing Undergraduate Scholars in Psychology of Religion, Spirituality, Health, and Medicine
This article provides my reflections on how to promote research in the psychology of religion and spirituality in the context of a liberal arts college. As a starting place, I provide a descriptive background of Luther College, the liberal arts college...
Lessons from the Research Program at Virginia Commonwealth University Applied to My Faculty Position
In this article, we describe five lessons learned from the research program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) that we are beginning to apply to our faculty positions. Both of us are new assistant professors in large, secular, state universities....
Mentoring Psy.D. Students in Meaningful Research
Two researchers describe their approaches to creating a meaningful research team within a PsyD program. Experience with mentoring is emphasized with a discussion of creating purpose with research that will influence the students, clients, churches, communities...
Modern Psychothereapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal
MODERN PSYCHOTHEREAPIES: A COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN APPRAISAL (2nd ed.). Stanton L. Jones and Richard E. Butman. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011. Pp. 496.The major theme embedded in Modern Psychotherapies: A Comprehensive Christian Appraisal...
More Than Research and Ruble: How Community Research Can Change Lives (Including Yours and Your Students')
The purpose of this article is to share lessons learned about engaging students in community research. In this article, I discuss lessons I have learned from engaging students in community psychology projects. Several strategies are provided for fostering...
Raising the Interest of Clinical Doctoral Students in Basic Research: Three Challenges
The present article addresses the problem of raising the interest of doctoral students in conducting basic psychological research within a clinical program. While many Tier 1 research institutions have little difficulty attracting graduate students and...
Seeing in a Mirror Dimly: Doing Original Research with Undergraduate Students
This paper presents one model for successfully collaborating with undergraduate students while doing original research. The paper reviews the context of this activity, the development of the model, a summary of the model process, and some reflections...
The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
THE BETTER ANGELS OF OUR NATURE: WHY VIOLENCE HAS DECLINED. Steven Pinker, Penguin, New York, NY 2011. ISBN 978-0-670-02295-3.There's been a shooting in a Sikh Temple this morning. A lone gunman entered a Colorado theater and opened fire. Syrians are...
The Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Effects of Talking about Guilt
This qualitative study is a venture into the realm of how people of various ages and life circumstances make meaning of confession. Specifically, how do people who confess perceive it to affect their psychological well-being? Because this is an exploratory...
The Social Psychology of Morality: Exploring the Causees of Good and Evil
THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF MORALITY: EXPLORING THE CAUSEES OF GOOD AND EVIL. Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver (Eds.), Washington, D. C.: American Psychological Association, 2012. Pp. 440, Hb.This book is part of the Herzliya Series on Personality...
Thinking, Fast and Slow
THINKING, PAST AND SLOW Daniel Kalineman, Farar, Starus and Grioux, New York, NY, 2011. Pp 499, Hb., $30.00. ISBN 978-0-874-27563Kahneman's analysis of thinking is close to a metatheory of human nature. In highly readable prose he explains how numerous...
Think Strategically: Some Advice for Being a Great Mentor with a Great Research Program
I provide advice about establishing and maintaining a viable research program that involves active graduate students who both learn the skills of research and participate frequently in the parts of research that they enjoy. As a first step, the faculty...
Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
UNCLEAN MEDITATIONS ON PURITY, HOSPITALITY, AND MORTALITY. Richard Beck, Eu3ene, OR: Cascade Books, 2011,. Pp. 201, Pb, $23.00I believe that this is one of the most important books that I have read in the last decade. I was drawn to the book because...