The Contributions of Christian Perspectives and Practices to Positive Psychology

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • Everett L. Worthington
  • Caroline R. Lavelock
  • Daryl R. Van Tongeren
  • Charlotte vanOyen-Witvliet
  • Brandon J. Griffin
  • Chelsea L. Greer
  • David J. Jennings II
  • Yin Lin
  • Kayla Jordan

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and Spirituality Across Cultures
Editors Chu Kim-Prieto
PublisherSpringer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Pages47-70
ISBN (Electronic)9789401789509
ISBN (Print)9789401789493
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology
Volume9
ISSN (Print)2210-5417
ISSN (Electronic)2210-5425

Abstract

We summarize contributions of Christianity to positive psychology. There are three initial caveats. First, the diversity of Christian views and practices across cultures and throughout history has not been universally positive. Second, positive sources of well-being specifically due to Christianity are challenging to isolate. Third, culture is difficult to separate from religion. Christianity has made contributions to culture and intellectual thought and to individual and societal operations through virtues. Christianity supplements secular views of virtue by a Christian telos as maintaining a faithful and authentic relationship with God and by not being focused on raising up oneself, but about serving. Christianity promotes virtue by strengthening self-control and self-regulation, clarifying and focusing goals, and promoting other (related) virtues. It emphasizes two cardinal virtues—love and forgiveness. Future research directions depend on testing these suppositions. We must formulating testable hypotheses and organize existing research and accumulate additional research addressing each proposition.

Research Area(s)

  • Positive Emotion, Religious Coping, Positive Psychology, Mental Health Symptom, Character Strength

Citation Format(s)

The Contributions of Christian Perspectives and Practices to Positive Psychology. / Worthington, Everett L.; Lavelock, Caroline R.; Van Tongeren, Daryl R.; vanOyen-Witvliet, Charlotte; Griffin, Brandon J.; Greer, Chelsea L.; Jennings II, David J.; Lin, Yin; Jordan, Kayla; Ho, Man Yee.

Religion and Spirituality Across Cultures. ed. / Chu Kim-Prieto. Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht, 2014. p. 47-70 (Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology; Vol. 9).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review