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JP8674/9674 Christian Contributions to Psychology

This subject will focus on the life and work of outstanding psychologists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries who integrated their faith with the emerging discipline of psychology. In the nineteenth century the leading names included Cardinal Désiré Mercier, Fr Edward Pace, Fr Verner Moore, Sr Marie Hilda and Albert Michotte. More contemporary names include Fr Benedict Groeschel and Dr Paul Vitz of the Institute of Psychological Sciences (Virginia, USA). Also to be considered will be the impetus of the Second Vatican Council’s theological anthropology for the development of an integration of the disciplines of psychology and theology. Some of the tensions between this work and that of secularist and humanistic approaches will be examined.