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Religions 2014, 5(1), 268-276;

Becoming Ourselves: Anthropological Musings for Christian Psychologists

Department of Practical Theology, Western Theological Seminary, 101 E 13th St Holland, MI 49423, USA
Received: 6 December 2013 / Revised: 7 February 2014 / Accepted: 17 February 2014 / Published: 3 March 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christian Psychology: Past, Present, and Future)
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A Christian narrative of the self provides a critique of a contemporary highly ennobled therapeutic and individualistic understanding of the self. Within a Christian anthropological narrative, the self is ennobled not in and of itself, but by virtue of its union with God. This leads theologians, both ancient and contemporary, to speak boldly about becoming fully human, and even more, becoming God. Herein, this Christian story of the self is explored, with implications for Christian psychology and its dialogue with other psychological perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: self; anthropology; psychology; theology; therapy; postmodern; imago dei self; anthropology; psychology; theology; therapy; postmodern; imago dei
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