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Human Being – new book by Dr Joss Bryan

Just published on 30 June – Joss Bryan’s new Book:

Human Being


The book provides a psychological perspective on key aspects of human nature and behaviour drawing on recent research and reflects on the issues this raises for theology and ministry. The aim is to introduce theology students, those studying practical theology and those engaged in ministerial formation or ministry to the significant current research in psychology which will deepen understanding of some of the core aspects of human nature. The interdisciplinary nature of the exercise aims to model the benefits of such an approach for both theology and ministerial practice and as such the book aims to cross traditional boundaries.

Review by Stephen Cherry, Dean of King’s College, Cambridge

“All too often in the past attempts to address the relationship between psychology and theology have fallen short of their promise. In ‘Human Being’, Jocelyn Bryan shows what can happen when the subject is approached by someone who has studied psychology extensively and engages with theology professionally. The summaries of theoretical positions and empirical results are deft, the theological and biblical connections convincing, and the overall approach is both fresh and true to its subject matter. This is an inspiring and extremely useful book that brings much-needed clarity and theological imagination to bear on a wide range of personal and pastoral issues.”

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