Flourishing in faith: theology encountering positive psychology

Gillies Ambler (Editor), Matthew Anstey (Editor), Theodore McCall (Editor), Mathew White (Editor)

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Flourishing in Faith: Theology Encountering Positive Psychology explores the fascinating dialogue between two scholarly traditions concerned with personal wellbeing, Christian theology and Positive Psychology, primarily from the perspective of theology. Although each works within different paradigms and brings different fundamental assumptions about the nature of the world, both are oriented toward that which leads to human flourishing and contentment. In such an encounter, can both disciplines learn from one another? Do they challenge each other? How can they enrich and or critique each other? With the widespread emergence of Positive Psychology in educational, church, and community settings across the world, many of which self-identify with the Christian tradition, many are wondering how this new branch of psychology integrates with traditional Christian belief and practice. This groundbreaking book explores this question from a diversity of perspectives: theology, biblical studies, education, psychology, social work, disability studies, and chaplaincy, from scholars and practitioners working in Australia and the United States.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEugene
PublisherWipf & Stock Publishers
Number of pages240
ISBN (Electronic)9781498296410
ISBN (Print)9781498296403
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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