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While this thesis is written as a partial fulfillment of the requirements toward a B.D. degree at Western Evangelical Seminary, it seeks to grapple with one of the most crucial issues confronting Christian theology today, namely, what to make of the insights and discoveries of the newer disciplines of psychology, psycho-analysis, psychiatry, psychotherapy, etc. For a while psychology proceeded as though theology did not exist or as though it were a remnant of the superstitions of a previous age. However, in recent years psychological practitioners outside the church have shown somewhat greater interest in the religious life of their patients and in the role of religious life and practices in mental health and illness.

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