Author: megre
• Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Type the phrase “Christian Psychology” into a search website. I just did. Of the 1st ten sites listed, five condemned psychology as “psycho-heresy,” “psychobabble,” or “the most dangerous sort of modernism to ever confront the Church.” The other sites accept psychology as a very important educational discipline, consistent with a Christian worldview, and deserving of study. The Net reflects that psychology is among the most questionable and divisive educational subjects among Christians today.

What does that imply for homeschoolers? Some Christian homeschoolers accept psychology wholesale, some dump it wholly, and some wrestle with which aspects to accept and which to reject. This piece of writing implies that whatever you suspect about psychology, the time to address educational psychology is before your student leaves home for varsity.

If your student goes to varsity, there’s a brilliant chance he / she’ll take an introductory (at least) psychology course. Most medical colleges, liberal humanities universities, seminaries, and teacher’s schools need scholars to have some exposure to psychology. Psychology is among the preferred undergraduate majors at public and Christian universities and varsities. Varsity enrollment in psychology courses outpaces each other systematic discipline. Christian scholars are usually sick prepared to face the feedback of Christianity and the anti-Christian worldview presented by modern psychology. The material taught in introductory psychology courses WILL challenge their worldview. Varsity level instruction in modern psychology is in general unbelieving and humanistic. As a group, psychology professors have extreme levels of agnosticism, disbelief, and atheism. The psychology professor is not likely to be compassionate to your child’s Christian worldview and may attack their religion as unscientific, irrational, prudish, exploitive, controlling, inhibitive, unbearable, and nave.

If psychology is laden with such danger, should not Christian homeschoolers throw it out completely? But isn’t the standard inquiry of all of The Lord God’s creation part of what it implies to love God with one’s mind? Do Christians, and by extension Christian homeschoolers, have a duty to explore all of the Lord God’s creation? Does that duty to explore extend to His grandest creation; Humankind? Does that duty extend to Mankind’s mind? Though the conflicts between modern psychology and a Christian worldview are a lot of and deadly, it could be a mistake for Christians to totally reject the study of psychology. The bottom line is this. Starting with Darwin’s Origin of Species, all sciences, including psychology, underwent an alteration. Systematic info was translated in paths to exclude mystical sentiments. Darwinian evolution imposed itself on the Christian appreciation of life (biology) and then attempted to ban anything Christian. Darwinian evolution imposed itself on the Christian experience of Man (psychology) and then attempted to ban anything Christian.

The study of the soul, the mind, the brain, and behaviour (psychology) are right and correct for Christian homeschoolers. The aim of Christian education, in biology, physics, religion, chemistry, and in psychology, is to realize God’s creation and, in the words of Johannes Keller, to “think God’s thoughts after Him.” Christians have a duty to claim the Christian worldview in academia and Christian homeschoolers have a chance to lead that effort. The participation of homeschoolers in the study of psychology is a vital piece of that effort.

Now read your fave home school catalog. Count up the number of biology, physics, history, and chemistry texts (and each other educational discipline) written from a Christian point of view. Lots right? Now count the number of psychology texts. This essay implies that the lack of material for Christian homeschoolers to study psychology is a consequence of those critics referenced in the initial chapter.

Those who condemn psychology cast their nets too wide. Those on the internet and in Christendom who criticize psychology are typically dubious about “support” psychology. The feedback could be correct, but psychology is way more than analysis. It’s not the goal of this work to appraise the feedback of analysis psychology. Many critics appear to be considerate God-fearing Christians. But painting the whole discipline with the same brush used to color support psychology causes many Christians to shy-away from the entire field. The study of the mind, memory, feelings, learning, development, sensation, neurons, and all of the other subjects that encompass psychology, is right, correct, and vital for Christian homeschoolers.

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