Saturday, November 20, 2010

Psychology is . . . .?

This was an assignment I had for a class I took. I thought it interesting and thought I'd share it.

Clarify your rationale for agreeing or disagreeing with the statement, “Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings”.

Of course the statement, “Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings,” is a true statement. How could it be otherwise? The speaker meant for it to be a statement of dismissal (note the use of the word, “just”). But had he put a little thought into it, he would have realized that that statement is true of all human endeavors. He could have said, “Theology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about a book that sinful human beings wrote and God anointed”.

Even when we set out to study the physical world instead of the abstract world, we are still dealing with our perceptions of the concrete world and not the concrete world itself. Hence, our perceptions will always miss the mark; hence they will always be “sinful”.

So that statement should be a statement of wonder …. “Wow! Imagine a world that is so wonderful that even when sinful human beings sinfully think about anything, good can still comes from it! Wow!” This statement just reinforces why we need 2 "books" of God’s truth, the Bible and creation, in order to help us minimize the mixed fruit that the sinful part of who we are and the sinful part of our perceptions continually produce.

2 Comments:

At August 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Robin:

I know this is an old post, but do you have a source for “Psychology is just sinful human beings sinfully thinking about sinful human beings,” I thought I had read that in Entwistle,but I can't remember the page, and I can't remember who he was quoting...

 
At August 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I am reading the book now for class and it is chapter 1 page 12 in the 2010 copyright. It is under the heading further objections.

 

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