Psychology and Christianity represent two different approaches to gaining knowledge about the world. In fact, these approaches are so different that “some people believe that science is at war with religion and no civil dialogue can occur” (Worthington, 2013, p.11). Yet, as prompted by Entwistle’s quote, they are concerned with different aspects of being, as Christianity focuses on God’s workings in the world, while psychology is interested in workings of God’s world. Hence, the differences in subject matters of psychology and Christianity eliminate possible causes for major misunderstandings, and allow for these approaches to supplement each other in gaining knowledge about the world and about God.Psychology and Christianity should not be in conflict as they investigate different subject matters.
While Christianity is concerned with knowing more about God, creation, and God’s continuous influence on being, psychology rarely bothers to question creation or God’s principles of being as it is interested in particular instance of being, namely, humans and human psyche which may as well have been created by God. Psychologists care more about how does human mind operate, and not about whether or not is it influenced by God. “The maps of psychological science and theology are drawn based on explorations of different aspects of the one territory of God’s truth” ( Worthington, 2013, p.118).
Christianity does not stand in the way of psychological research. At the same time, psychological research does not undermine Christian doctrine. Instead it investigates human soul as well as human capacity to feel, know, love, hope, believe, etc. In other words, psychology offers new knowledge about God’s creation, and thus, “…psychological science can help us know more about God” ( Worthington, 2013, p.106). Psychology and Christianity may supplement each other in search for knowledge and understanding of the world. The best results can be achieved by not interfering with different methods and approaches they rely on as well as sustaining genuine interest and openness towards findings and ideas both psychology and Christianity come to.