Welcome to the Society for Christian Psychology!

Learn about about our mission to work out a distinctly Christian psychology. Inside the website you’ll find:

  • We have a growing list of resources, including information about Christian psychology, ancient and contemporary Christian psychologists, sample articles, recommended books, sister organizations and institutions, and .pdf copies of our journal, Christian Psychology, and copies of our newsletter, Soul & Spirit
  • Conferences of the SCP and other related organizations
  • Information on how to become a member of the Society. Consider partnering with us in the project of a radically Christian vision and practice of psychology.


News & Announcements:


Please join us at the AACC World Conference in Nashville on October 9-12, 2019, at the Opry Hotel. A preconference on Christian psychodrama will be offered on October 9, and there will be a Christian psychology track with a number of noted presenters, including Shannon Wolf, Joshua Knabb, Eric Johnson, and Warren Kinghorn.

We also want to announce that two new residential Masters programs will be offered at Houston Baptist University, beginning in August, 2019: an M.A. in Christian Psychology, leading to Licensed Psychological Associate; and an M.A. in Christian Counseling, leading to Licensed Professional Counselor. Both programs, however, will be based on the “Christian psychology” orientation, in which psychology/counseling and theology equally shape the training. Eric Johnson and Michael Cook will be faculty members in the programs. The motto for both programs is “Christ-centered, biblically-rooted, and clinically-informed.” Opportunity to enroll will begin in March.

Check out the Christian psychology journals from the European Movement of Christian Anthropology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy at the website Christian Psychology Around the World

Recent Christian psychology books that have been published:

God and Soul Care: The Therapeutic Resources of the Christian Faith by Eric L. Johnson was written to be a theology textbook to ground distinctly Christian psychotherapy and counseling.

Contemplative Prayer for Christians with Chronic Worry: A Eight Week Program by Joshua Knabb may be the first Christian psychology book published by a mainstream press (Routledge). Based in the classical Christian meditative practice of contemplative prayer and relevant contemporary psychology literature, Knabb conducted a study documenting its efficacy.

Diane Langberg has recently written Suffering and the Heart of God, an experienced therapist’s reflections on suffering, evil, and trauma, and God’s role in our healing. She has also written In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors. It’s a new e-book, so you can get it at: In Our Lives First



Call for Papers

AckPleasenowledging Powerlessness: Philosophical Perspectives on Twelve Step

Over the last fifty years, Twelve-Step programs have had a profound
impact on culture world-wide. But these programs have not received much
attention from philosophers. We propose to begin filling this gap by
publishing an anthology of philosophical essays about various aspects of
Twelve-Step spirituality.

We invite all who are interested in contributing to this volume to submit
an abstract of 300 to 700 words. Please include a resume with your
abstract. After selecting the authors and essays to be included in the
volume, we’ll be submitting the project to publishers who have expressed
interest in it. We expect to include about 15 papers in the anthology,
each between 12 and 18 pages. We hope to receive proposals that employ a
variety of philosophical perspectives and methodologies. Essays should
be both philosophically substantive and accessible to the thoughtful
non-professional. Articles that involve reflection on personal experience
are welcome. Contributors need not be philosophers but their essays are
expected to be philosophical in nature.

Writers are encouraged to explore any aspect of Twelve Step spirituality
that they consider philosophically provocative. The following are only
some of the many issues that might be addressed:

What is addiction and does it render one morally impotent?

Is addiction a disease and, if so, of what sort?

Is a recognition of powerlessness compatible with accepting
moral responsibility?

Are the “Twelve Steps” compatible with the moral life as understood by
philosophers such as Aristotle and Kant?

Does living virtuously require depending on others as the Twelve Steps

Is it irrational to believe that one’s sanity depends on a power greater
than oneself?

Is Twelve-Step spirituality compatible with atheism?

Is Twelve-Step spirituality distinguishable from religion?

Is a spirituality that emphasizes imperfection compatible with virtue

Is there an intelligible order to the twelve steps that can be
philosophical articulated?

Are the “Twelve Steps” rationally defensible?

Does humor play any role in the practice of twelve-step spirituality and,
if so, what?

Abstracts should be received by June 1, 2011. We intend to inform
authors by August 1 as to whether their proposed essay is to be included
in the volume. The due date for completed essays will depend on the
publisher’s timetable for publication. We hope it will be no later than
December 1, 2011. Abstracts and resumes, as well as queries, should be
sent to either Jerome Miller at jamiller@salisbury.edu, or Nicholas
Plants at plantsnr@pgcc.edu.


James K.A. Smith, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Executive Director, Society of Christian Philosophers

Research Fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI 49546