Title

Relational integration, part I: Differentiated relationality between psychology and theology

Document Type

Article

Abstract

In Part I of a two-part manuscript, we describe the contours of a relational integration approach to the relationship between psychology and theology. This approach builds on the tradition of the integration of psychology and theology but thematizes relationality at the levels of both content and process. We argue that it is persons who seek to integrate (or not); thus, integration is a relational process that inevitably involves the challenges of conflict, power and control stances, and difference. Therefore, relational integration necessitates differentiated capacities for mutual recognition and collaboration across disciplinary differences. We contrast our differentiation-based approach to relational integration with other published views for relating psychology and theology and outline relational integration as (a) embodied and (b) hermeneutical.

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology and Theology

Volume

43

Issue

3

First Page

165

Last Page

178

Publication Date

9-1-2015

DOI

10.1177/009164711504300302

Disciplines

Psychology | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

ISSN

00916471

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