Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 264–270 | Cite as

On disenthralling ourselves from the enchantment of psychology

  • Richard C. Erickson
  • Joyce Quiring Erickson


Pastors who assume that the insights of psychology have superseded those of the Scriptures, the great philosophers, or classic literary works are shortchanging themselves and their parishioners. These insights may be true and useful on many occasions, but they do not represent the full truth about the human condition. Examples from the novels of Jane Austen illustrate the larger truth of ill that human choices may be willed for the sake of human good or ill and that the human community provides the context for understanding and evaluating those choices.


Cross Cultural Psychology Human Condition Human Community Literary Work Human Choice 
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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Erickson
    • 1
    • 3
  • Joyce Quiring Erickson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Medical PsychologyOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortland
  2. 2.Department of EnglishSeattle Pacific UniversitySeattle
  3. 3.Portland VA Medical CenterUSA

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