Theology and Psychology

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE530
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Nigel Pegram

Awards offering Theology and Psychology

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Construct a theological anthropology in dialogue with the discipline of psychology, exploring concepts such as the imago dei, soul, spirit, consciousness, mind/brain, and the social formation of identity;
  2. Appraise and apply the basic concepts of the psychology of religion to the human quest for identity and meaning;
  3. Synthesise perspectives from the fields of psychology and theology.
  4. Relate synthesis to practical issues of human flourishing and communicate to a collegiate audience.
  5. Evaluate the insights of positive psychology and explain their implications for well-being.

Subject Content

  • Introduction: theology and psychology world views
  • Anthropology. body, soul and spirit: monist, dualist, tripartite views of humanity
  • Psychology: History
  • Psychology: Fields of Study
  • Theology and Psychology: Methods of integration
  • Grace, Sin and Forgiveness
  • Social formation of identity
  • Consciousness, mind, brain, and free will
  • Sexuality
  • Love, attachment and relationships—social and theological implications
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychology—fields of study and application to Christian ministry

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Critical Definitional Essay (25%)
  • Applied Presentation (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)

Prescribed Text

  • Sandage, Steven J, and Jeannine K Brown. Relational Integration of Psychology and Christian Theology: Theory, Research, and Practice. Routledge, 2018.