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Many people today believe that psychology originated in the 1800’s. However, every developing culture has some understanding of the nature of human beings. If we define psychology simply as the disciplined study of individual human beings, then versions of psychology can be found in many cultures, some rather ancient, and in the great writings of human civilization. Christian psychology began in the Scriptures of the Hebrews and early Christians. Later, Christian thinkers and ministers throughout the ensuing centuries developed many understandings of human beings, using the Bible as a canon or standard for reflection. As a result, the history of Christian thought contains countless works of psychological import that offer the Christian community a rich treasure of insights, themes, and foundational assumptions upon which to ground the project of a Christian psychology.

At the same time, Christians need not assume that our tradition currently contains all of God’s knowledge regarding human beings. On the contrary, we have good reasons to believe that God intends humans to grow in their culture and knowledge, and develop sciences that explore God’s creation. Science is a gift of God, and Christians have been in the forefront of scientific investigation since the inception of the scientific revolution in the West. The problem for Christians in psychology is that the intellectual leadership of the West was changing hands during the very time that scientific methods began to be applied to the study of human nature. As a result, the Christian community in general seemed to lose the interest in science they once had, perhaps recognizing that it was becoming increasingly influenced by modernity that used secular standards for what counts as knowledge. The challenge for Christians interested in psychology in our day is to break free of these intellectual restrictions and learn again to think for themselves, not by retreating into an isolated world that is hostile to the perspectives of others, but by learning how to think in Christian and theocentric terms about God’s creation, while fully engaged in conversation with contemporary culture, science, and technology. Given the legacy of fundamentalism as well as the dominance of secularism in contemporary psychology, we realize this will not be easy.

To develop what we believe will be a more valid psychology, Christian psychologists will look to the Bible and the Christian tradition as orienting guides for our investigations. In addition, we will read, learn from, and interact with the psychological knowledge of other communities (obviously the modern), and, where we can, we wish to contribute to a general body of psychological knowledge that can exist irrespective of communal perspective. In many areas of psychology, no substantial differences will be found between the psychologies of different intellectual communities (e.g., in the more mechanistic aspects of human nature, like neural transmission, memory formation, infant emotional development, and so on). However, we also seek to produce distinctively Christian theories, research programs, and soul-care practice, where appropriate, in areas that are more world-view dependent (e.g., motivation, personality, psychopathology, therapy, and social relations), where a Christian perspective would be expected to yield qualitatively different ways of interpreting human beings. Recognizing and utilizing one’s communal perspectives will likely become increasingly important in the general field of psychology in the future, because of the growing recognition that a community’s world-view assumptions affect not only what we can see in the human sciences, but also the development of the objects under investigation.

We invite you to join us in our dialogue as we seek the leading of the Spirit to guide us to psychological truths. We invite you to join our Society and receive our newsletter, and also to come to our conferences, so that you can become a regular participant in this dialogue.

Mission Statement of the Society for Christian Psychology

The Society exists to promote the development of a distinctly Christian psychology (including theory, research, and practice) that is based on a Christian understanding of human nature.

Amplification of the Mission Statement
A Christian vision of human nature is shaped primarily by the Christian Scriptures, as well as Christianity’s intellectual and ecclesial traditions. However, a Christian psychology will also be critically informed by other relevant sources of psychological truth, particularly its own reflection, research, and practice, but also the psychological work of other traditions (e.g., secular psychology), philosophy, human experience, and the other human sciences. While God’s understanding of human nature is the goal of a Christian psychology, given human finitude and the existence of distinct Christian traditions, the Society welcomes those working from any perspective within the historic Christian Church.

Implementation of the Mission Statement
The Society will seek to advance the development of a Christian psychology by creating opportunities for dialogue and fellowship through its newsletter, website, and conferences, and by encouraging reflection, research, publishing, soul-care, education, and training that are intentionally committed to the realization of a distinctly Christian psychology.

The Statement of Faith of the Society for Christian Psychology

The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed

I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-Begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light; True God of True God; begotten, not made; of one essence with the Father, by Whom all things were made; Who for us men and for our salvation came down from Heaven, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. And He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried. And the third day He arose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end.

And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets.

And in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.

Executive Board of the Society for Christian Psychology

Kathrin Halder, IGNIS, Kitzingen, Germany
David E. Jenkins, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA
Eric L. Johnson, Ph.D., Director, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
Eric Jones, Ph.D., Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA
Bryan Maier, Psy.D., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
Mike McGuire, Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
Phil Monroe, Psy.D., Biblical Theological Seminary, Hatfield, PA
P.J. Watson, Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

Board of Reference of the Society for Christian Psychology

Dan Allender, Ph.D., Mars Hill Graduate School, Bothell, WA
John Coe, Ph.D., Institute for Spiritual Formation, Biola University, La Mirada, CA
Larry Crabb, Ph.D., New Way Ministries, Colorado Springs, CO
C. Stephen Evans, Ph.D., Baylor University, Waco, TX
William Kirwin, Ph.D., Private practice, Chester, MD
Diane Langberg, Ph.D., Diane Langberg & Associates, Philadelphia, PA
Werner May, IGNIS, Kitzingen, Germany
Gary Moon, Ph.D., Richmont Graduate University, Atlanta, GA
Robert C. Roberts, Ph.D., Baylor University, Waco, TX
Brent Slife, Ph.D. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Siang Yang Tan, Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA
Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D., Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Arlington, VA
Edward T. Welch, Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, Glenside, PA
Richard Winter, M.D., Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO
Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., Regent University, Virginia Beach, FL



  1. Dear Brother / Sister,

    Am Vijay from India. I work as an Engineer in a MNC.

    I have a great testimony for Jesus (which I have posted it in the blog below).

    I also do my M.Sc Psychology and is in my second year. Am inspired to do a research regarding the spiritual and physical health.

    To keep it short, how unrepented sins in the soul brings in a disease in the body and how repentence and prayer heals it will be the theme of my thesis.

    Am looking for a suitable guide with whom I can work with towards my doctoral thesis.

    Kind Regards,
    S Vijayavenkataraman

    Ph: +91-77088 66824

    Please visit: http://www.svijayavenkataraman.wordpress.com

  2. Ethan says:

    Is there any psychologist I can contact?

  3. mary hampton says:

    Question. Statistics and research compare us to each other resulting in a bell curve of what is normal for the fallen. How would our research change if our norm is Christ. If all our research is based on HIM being the norm. He is who we are without our psychological and neurological scars. He is the center. Just wondering.

  4. Lucy Regodon says:

    I was looking for a ‘Contact Us’ button but to no avail. I just wanted to report that this link is broken.


    I wanted to read about it.

  5. MB Foster says:

    I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your work.
    I am a Christian. I trained in secular counseling, but found that underlying assumptions didn’t ring true.
    Life ensued; I never practiced as a counselor. But the questions remained – how can I distinguish between this world’s foolishness and God’s wisdom when it comes to theories of the mind?
    I am finding some very helpful answers – or at least proposals – here.
    I particularly appreciate your ‘Christian Psychology Around The World’. It stands to reason that different cultures approach both psychology and the Christian faith differently. This is fertile ground!
    With all due humility, I would challenge your editorial board to begin looking beyond the western/European countries. We have much to learn from our brothers and sisters in Christ the world round, and I am eager to hear from them!

    • Joe says:

      Hi Guys, I am a Christian and I enjoy my relation with the Lord. I am doing a doctoral degree and I am looking for a Godly Licensed Psychologist to supervised me as I do my practicum. Please contact me thru the email address. Lets keep our God alive in our society. I hope to have my own practice and working with abuse members in our churches. I look forward to hear from someone. Blessings

  6. Minister Kimberly Johnson-Carter says:


    I am so excited to have found this sight. I am currently a licensed Baptist minister, Human Services student, Teen Ministry Leader and headed into the direction of Youth Pastor. My goal is to be a Christian Therapist/Counselor/Psychologist. I am looking for guidance to becoming a Christian Psychologist/Therapist as quickly as possible.
    In Him,
    Min. KJC

  7. Joe says:

    Hi Guys, I am a Christian and I enjoy my relation with the Lord. I am doing a doctoral degree and I am looking for a Godly Licensed Psychologist to supervised me as I do my practicum. Please contact me thru the email address. Lets keep our God alive in our society. I hope to have my own practice and working with abuse members in our churches. I look forward to hear from someone. Blessings

  8. Frank Harrison says:

    Can you please furnish me with the contact details of members of your association providing professional services in Boston, Massachusetts?


    Frank harrison

  9. john h says:

    Blessings everyone, I am a Christian and I enjoy my relation with the Lord. I am finishing my doctoral thesis in Psychology and would like to join the society. Please contact me thru the email address. Lets keep our God alive in our community. Blessings

  10. Katarzyna Tempczyk / De Gruyter Open says:

    for the topical issue of Open Theology journal

    Open Theology (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue “Psychotherapy and Religious Values”, under the general editorship of Prof. P. Scott Richards (Brigham Young University).
    In 1980, Allen E. Bergin, published a landmark article “Psychotherapy and religious values” in the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology. The article, which became a citation classic, produced intense interest, enthusiasm, and controversy in the psychology profession. Ultimately, it helped energize an international movement to bring religious perspectives into mainstream psychology and psychotherapy. Great progress has been made during the past 35 years in this effort, but more work remains to be done. The focus of this special issue of Open Theology is to commemorate the publication of Bergin’s 1980 article by affirming the progress that has been made and exploring directions for the future in the movement to bring religious values and spiritual perspectives into mainstream psychotherapy. Manuscripts with a theoretical, historical, theological, empirical, and/or clinical focus will all be considered for the special issue. For empirical studies, a variety of research methodologies are encouraged, including experimental, practice-based evidence, process, case reports, single-N, and qualitative designs.

    Submissions are due by December 31, 2015. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/ choosing as article type: ‘Special Issue Article: Psychotherapy and Religious Values’.
    All contributions will undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.
    Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to P. Scott Richards at scott_richards@byu.edu. In case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.
    Authors publishing in the special issue will benefit from:
    • – transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
    • – efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
    • – no publication fees,
    • – free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

    Please feel free to forward this invitation to any interested colleagues or associates.

  11. Hi,
    my name is Angelos Kyriakides and I’m in the process of writing a research proposal for my graduate interdisciplinary degree, involving theology, psychology and philosophy. I hope to cover the healing aspects of the doctrine of grace in regards to guilt, shame and scrupulosity in OCD. I’m applying at a secular university and I would love to speak with someone who may be able to guide me to some great literature and possibly give me some feedback? please email me at akyriak83@gmail.com Thank you, Lord bless

  12. Antonio G.Ciano says:


    The Word means
    Resources of Love
    From the heart, soul
    And goodness of
    Human kind,

    To Bear Witness
    Of the mind of God,
    The Sacred Heart of
    Jesus, the savior of our world
    Who took your sins
    Without waste, suffering
    Or eternal death.

    Believe in the angels
    Of mercy,
    For there is no darkness
    In the Heart of their love for you
    And you will save yourselves
    From the veil of darkness
    That hides from you
    The True Love of our Father
    God who embraces his Children without fear.
    anger or any spiritual regrets.

    Repent of your hate,
    Jealousy and lust for power,
    Turn away from wars,
    Killing and material competition
    And know that Jesus, our True Messiah,
    Will never leave you in times of Trouble
    For His Mercy will save you to keep
    Your immortal soul.

    There is no True Prophecy today except for Revelation 2:17, known as The Urantia Book, free, online, in all international languages, and prepared for You by Arch Angel Michael J. Christ’s Angels, and the voice of God Channeled to you through the voices of True members of the Church of Christ. Blessings to you, Your Families and all the People you Love. In the name of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

    Giuseppe Antonio Ciano

  13. Christian says:

    Good morning.

    I know this is a long shot but I’ll give it a try anyway. I shall be moving to Mexico City from Argentina and desperately need to locate a Christian therapist in that city. Is there anyway you can help? You probably know of someone or an association that can.

    As I said, I know that this is a long shot but hopefully you’ll be able to help.

    God bless,

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