Welcome to the Society for Christian Psychology!

Learn about about our mission to work out a distinctly Christian psychology. Inside the website you’ll find:

  • A weekly Blog. David Murray (D.Min.) is our blogger for the month of December. David is Professor Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Seminary, where he teaches counseling and leadership. He is also the Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. He is the author of Christians get depressed tooHow Sermons Work, and Jesus on Every Page. You can read his blog at HeadHeartHand.org/blog or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray. David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 1 to 17 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.
  • A growing list of resources, including information about Christian psychology, ancient and contemporary Christian psychologists, sample articles, recommended books, sister organizations and institutions, and .pdf copies of our journal, Christian Psychology, and copies of our newsletter, Soul & Spirit
  • Conferences of the SCP and other related organizations
  • Grant and research opportunities
  • Information on how to become a member of the Society. Consider partnering with us in the project of a radically Christian vision and practice of psychology.

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News & Announcements:

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Check out the Christian psychology journals from the European Movement of Christian Anthropology, Psychology, and Psychotherapy at the website Christian Psychology Around the World

For those interested in the Society for Christian Psychology preconference workshop held at the recent AACC National Conference, you can download a pdf of the powerpoint presentation here: Internal Theodrama Therapy

A call for papers has been issued for a conference to be held at Regent University in Virginia Beach on March 20-21, 2015. The Conference theme is “The Holy Spirit and Christian Formation,” and there will befour plenary speakers and parallel paper presentations that focus on a multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional approach to Christian formation. The deadline for submitting paper proposals is Nov. 30, 2014. Registration for the conference will open on December 1, 2014. For more information go to the following link:

more information

 

Highly recommended books: Transformative Encounters: The Intervention of God in Christian Counseling and Pastoral Care, edited by  Appleby and Ohlschlager. Most of the articles are descriptions of Christian psychology approaches.

 

Evidence-Based Practices for Christian Counseling and Psychotherapy, edited by Worthington, Johnson, Hook, & Aten, which gives an overview of the state-of-the-art of research on Christian forms of counseling and psychotherapy.

In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors by Diane Langberg. It’s a new e-book, so you can get it at: In Our Lives First

 

Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church co-sponsored “The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church,” on March 28, 2014, along with Bishop Kevin Vann of the Orange County diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County. Some of our members presented, including our director Eric Johnson, as well as Matthew Stanford and Chuck Hannaford. The keynote addresses and some other presentations can be accessed at Mental Health and the Church

 CCEF just held their 2014 conference in San Diego on October 3-5 on the theme of loss. Find out more at CCEF

Research Participants Needed!

A Study on Grace, conducted by Tim Sisemore, at Richmont Graduate University: Grace Study

 

Call for Papers

Acknowledging Powerlessness: Philosophical Perspectives on Twelve Step
Spirituality

Over the last fifty years, Twelve-Step programs have had a profound
impact on culture world-wide. But these programs have not received much
attention from philosophers. We propose to begin filling this gap by
publishing an anthology of philosophical essays about various aspects of
Twelve-Step spirituality.

We invite all who are interested in contributing to this volume to submit
an abstract of 300 to 700 words. Please include a resume with your
abstract. After selecting the authors and essays to be included in the
volume, we’ll be submitting the project to publishers who have expressed
interest in it. We expect to include about 15 papers in the anthology,
each between 12 and 18 pages. We hope to receive proposals that employ a
variety of philosophical perspectives and methodologies. Essays should
be both philosophically substantive and accessible to the thoughtful
non-professional. Articles that involve reflection on personal experience
are welcome. Contributors need not be philosophers but their essays are
expected to be philosophical in nature.

Writers are encouraged to explore any aspect of Twelve Step spirituality
that they consider philosophically provocative. The following are only
some of the many issues that might be addressed:

What is addiction and does it render one morally impotent?

Is addiction a disease and, if so, of what sort?

Is a recognition of powerlessness compatible with accepting
moral responsibility?

Are the “Twelve Steps” compatible with the moral life as understood by
philosophers such as Aristotle and Kant?

Does living virtuously require depending on others as the Twelve Steps
imply?

Is it irrational to believe that one’s sanity depends on a power greater
than oneself?

Is Twelve-Step spirituality compatible with atheism?

Is Twelve-Step spirituality distinguishable from religion?

Is a spirituality that emphasizes imperfection compatible with virtue
ethics?

Is there an intelligible order to the twelve steps that can be
philosophical articulated?

Are the “Twelve Steps” rationally defensible?

Does humor play any role in the practice of twelve-step spirituality and,
if so, what?

Abstracts should be received by June 1, 2011. We intend to inform
authors by August 1 as to whether their proposed essay is to be included
in the volume. The due date for completed essays will depend on the
publisher’s timetable for publication. We hope it will be no later than
December 1, 2011. Abstracts and resumes, as well as queries, should be
sent to either Jerome Miller at jamiller@salisbury.edu, or Nicholas
Plants at plantsnr@pgcc.edu.

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James K.A. Smith, PhD

Professor of Philosophy

Executive Director, Society of Christian Philosophers

Research Fellow, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Calvin College

Grand Rapids, MI 49546

616.526.6419

http://www.calvin.edu/~jks4