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Christian Psychology

             E. Janet Warren (Canada)

             That which comes from the                           E.  Janet  Warren
                                                                 (BSc,  MD,  MTS,
             Lord who is the Spirit                              PhD)  works  as  a
                                                                 Family  Physician,
             “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate        including  practi-
             the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his    cing  psychothera-
             image with ever-increasing glory, which comes       py,  and  as  an  in-
             from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Cor 3:18).     dependent scholar.
                                                                 She  received  her
             Spiritual transformation. The glory of the Lord.    PhD  in  theology
             The  Holy  Spirit.  These  are  not  topics  easily   from the University of Birmingham, U.K. and
             amenable to academic discourse. The Spirit is       published  her  thesis  as  Cleansing  the  Cos-
             mystical  and  mysterious,  spacious  and  silent.   mos:  A  Biblical  Model  for  Conceptualizing
             Yet, the Holy Spirit of Christianity is depicted    and Counteracting Evil (Pickwick, 2012). Her
             in the Bible as powerful but personal, transcen-    latest  book  is  Holy  Housekeeping  (Essence,
             dent  but  tangible.  There  is  a  tension  between   2017).  Janet’s  research  interests  include  the
             contemplation  and  comprehension,  between         integration of psychology and theology, and
             awe and understanding. The psychotherapeutic        she is current president of the Canadian Sci-
             process can be viewed as similar to the some-       entific and Christian Affiliation. She lives in
             what elusive nature of the Spirit. It can be ame-   Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
             nable to logical/technical elements, but there is
             always an element that defies description. The              
             self itself is a mystery; we may never understand
             the  mind/brain  relationship  for  example.  But   Former articles by Janet Warren you can see
             anytime we seek to join with the triune God in      here:
             healing people, fulfilling our mandate, the aid
             of the Spirit is indispensable, whether acknow-
             ledged or not. Given the ubiquity of the Spirit,
             indeed for Christians the indwelling Spirit, I do
             not believe it is even possible to avoid the help
             of the Spirit.
             In ancient and premodern worlds, the spiritual    Conversely,  many  contemporary  Christian
             and the psychological were considered intert-     theologians lament the negative effects of en-
             wined,  and  Christians  were  concerned  with    lightenment  philosophy,  with  its  false  dicho-
             “soul care.” But contemporary psychology has      tomies between theology and spirituality, and
             been largely influenced by modernism, and its     its neglect of affective dimensions to faith (e.g.,
             accompanying reason, empiricism, and separa-      Coakley, 2012). There is renewed interest in
             tion from spirituality (e.g., Johnson, 2010). Be-  figurative language (e.g., Avis, 1999), the ima-
             ginning about 40 years ago, Evangelicals have     gination (e.g., Neville, 2006), and the spiritual
             advocated a return to spiritual and biblical con-  senses (Gavrilyuk & Coakley, 2012). There has
             cerns, often emphasizing biblical reason and a    also been emphasis on relational aspects of the
             Christian worldview. It is curious that there is   divine (e.g., Pinnock, 2001), the importance of
             still  a  rational  emphasis  in  Christian  psycho-  culture and experience (e.g., Vanhoozer, 2010),
             logy.  Some  attempt  to  blend  cognitive  thera-  and  rediscovering  Roman  Catholic  contribu-
             py  with  theology  (e.g.,  McMinn  &  Campbell,   tions  to  theology  and  spirituality.  In  general,
             2007), and in a volume of five views of Chri-     transcendent realities are best expressed in ima-
             stian Psychology, only one is explicit about the   ginative form. Specific to pneumatology, Dreyer
             role of the Holy Spirit (Coe & Hall, 2010).       (2007) laments that systematic theology is too

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