Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid: The Authority of Theology in Integrative Endeavors
Talbot School of Theology
In discussions of the integration of theology and psychology, the issue of the relative epistemic authority of the deliverances of theological method and the deliverances of psychological method must be addressed. It is often assumed that the fallible interpretations of Scripture are on an equal footing with the fallible interpretations of psychological research. But this poses a problem for the integrationist in cases in which our best interpretations of Scripture conflict to some degree with our best interpretations of the psychological research. This article presents an epistemological argument for the higher authority of well grounded theological claims.
Psychology and religion;
Journal of Psychology and Christianity
Porter, Stephen L., "Theology as Queen and Psychology as Handmaid: The Authority of Theology in Integrative Endeavors" (2010). Faculty Articles & Research. 279.