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Psychology: A Student's Guide

By Stanton L. Jones, Series edited by David S. Dockery

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In this accessible student’s guide, an experienced professor examines the study of psychology from a distinctly Christian perspective, introducing readers to key issues such as the origins of morality, nature vs. nurture, the relationship between the mind and the brain, and the concept of personal identity.

Whether examining the history of psychological reflection, the legacy of the Enlightenment and Darwinism, or the development of modernist psychology, this volume will help students think carefully about the influential ideas that continue to shape discussions about what it means to be human.

Part of the Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition series. 


Stanton L. Jones

Stanton L. Jones is provost and professor of psychology at Wheaton College. He has written numerous books and articles on the interface of the science and profession of psychology with Christianity, including Psychology: A Student's Guide and a prominent article in the journal American Psychologist.

Product Details

Category: Education
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.25 in x 7.75 in
Weight: 5.5 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3978-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3978-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433539787
Case Quantity: 96
Published: November 30, 2014

Table of Contents

  1. Psychology in Its Intellectual Context
  2. The Work of Integration and a Christian View of Persons
  3. Neuroscience, Embodiment, and Mind
  4. Behavior Genetics and Responsible Personhood
  5. Positive and Applied Psychology and Sanctification
  6. Psychology of Religion and Truth


“An insightful account of contemporary psychology and its relation to the Christian faith. Jones helps readers understand where psychology is today and how it got there. He shows how Christians can learn from and contribute to psychology while preserving a critical perspective rooted in biblical faith. A wise and helpful book.”
C. Stephen Evans, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University; author, God and Moral Obligation

“This insightful, incisive critique of contemporary psychology is only possible because Dr. Jones is so deeply knowledgeable about both Christianity and psychology. As always, his writing is clear, direct, and thought provoking. Reading this book is like taking a guided tour of contemporary issues in psychology, led by one of the finest Christian thinkers of our time.”
Mark R. McMinn, Professor of Psychology, George Fox University; author, Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality in Christian Counseling

“Stanton Jones has written a concise yet substantial Christian perspective and critique of the field of psychology, focusing on the key areas of neuroscience, behavior genetics, positive psychology, and the psychology of religion. I highly recommend this very helpful book as essential reading for beginning students in psychology.”
Siang-Yang Tan, Professor of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary; Senior Pastor, First Evangelical Church, Glendale, California; author, Counseling and Psychotherapy

“This book takes you on a wild ride as it surveys topics including genetics, free will, positive psychology, and the psychology of religion within an evangelical Christian framework. Fascinated, I read this in one sitting. It is a wonderful, summative, yet critical introduction to thinking Christianly about psychology.”
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., author, Moving Forward: Six Steps to Forgiving Yourself and Breaking Free from the Past