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JP8678 Virtue, Faith and Psychological Science

The subject offers a challenging opportunity to develop an integrated conceptualisation of the relationship between theological anthropology, moral theology and the psychological sciences. Issues relating to the broader interface between theology and science will also form part of the unit. While the historical dimensions of these topics will be covered, the emphasis will be upon recent relevant work. Questions to be considered include: How does theology accommodate evolutionary thought, especially that relating to human nature? How is the believer to understand evolutionary theories of the development of religion and morality? What place in a scientific framework is there for human freedom and dignity? How do moral theological notions of virtue, character and spiritual growth connect with psychological theories of personality, emotion and well-being? How might integrated theological and psychological understandings be incorporated into the work of psychological support and treatment?