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Theology, Psychology and the Plural Self

Theology, Psychology and the Plural Self

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Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780754665199
Published: 01/12/2008
Is the human self singular and unified or do we each have several selves? This book explores the very different answers that Christian theology and the secular Human Sciences tend to give to this ancient question. The latter have largely abandoned the idea of the single unitary self, whereas the former continues to idealise it. Those few theologians that have taken the idea of self-plurality seriously deem it to be a pathological condition, indicative of a contemporary social malaise. Through an original analysis of recent theological and secular literature, this book examines and explains the extent of the disparity between the disciplines.Introducing a novel psychological framework to distinguish various understandings of self-plurality, the author argues that Theology's blanket condemnation of the notion is inappropriate. The author suggests that a possible reconciliation of theology and the human sciences depends upon a reconceptualisation of the self in terms of a personal narrative.

Leon Turner

Leon Turner holds a BSc in psychology and an MSc in the History and Philosophy of Science from the University of London, and an MPhil and PhD in Theology from the University of Cambridge. Between 2003 and 2006 he was a research fellow in Science and Religion at Queens' College, Cambridge, and he is currently a Research Associate at the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge, where he lectures on Science and Religion, and Psychology and Religion to undergraduate and graduate students. His research continues to centre upon the interaction of Contemporary Theological Anthropology and the Human Sciences, particularly Psychology. Articles relating to the main themes of this book have been/will be published in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science.

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