Colorado Christian University Psychology and Theology Presentation

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PowerPoint presentation with 12-15 slides, including a title and reference slides. It will be graded on content, research, and creativity (see rubric). Your research integrated into the presentation should consist of 5-6 academic sources, including at least one journal article, Entwistle (2010), the Bible, and 2-3 additional sources. Also include 1-2 graphs, charts, and/or photos into your presentation.

Choose a psychological theory, project or topic below that can be explored in-depth from both psychological and theological perspectives that culminates in an integrative analysis. Include psychological research, theological scholarship, and integrative writings on the topic.


  1. Compare and contrast Piaget’s theory of cognitive development to the process of Christian maturity.
  2. Compare research on diffusion of responsibility to biblical injunctions to care for widows, orphans, and the poor, etc.
  3. Look at the role of parents in instructing children about God and his designs through everyday interactions and through the communal liturgies and rituals prescribed in the Bible, and then compare this to research on memory formation and retrieval, learning paradigms, or parenting strategies.
  4. What are some of the implications of a philosophical anthropology that views human nature from a bio-psycho-social perspective combined with a theological view of humans as limited beings, image bearers, and fallen sinners?
  5. What factors might encourage a secular psychologist or a religious person to adopt the Spies paradigm (or Carter and Narramore’s of models)? What are the advantages and disadvantages of this paradigm?
  6. Participate in a group project that involves social action, such as volunteering in literacy programs, homeless shelters, or other settings in which you can reflect on the application of psychology and Christian belief to tangible problems that exist in your community.

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Piaget’s theory of cognitive
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development suggests that there are four main stages of development (Huitt &
Hummel, 2003).
➢Sensorimotor Stage: Intelligence in infants is demonstrated though motor activities without the use of symbols.
Knowledge about the world is highly limited but is slowly developing on the basis of experiences, actions and
physical actions.
➢Pre-operational Stage: This is the stage between being a toddler and early childhood. Toddlers demonstrate
intelligence based on the use of symbols and developed language use. Imagination and memory are also develop.
Thinking is not necessarily logical and is egocentric.
➢Concrete Operational Stage: This is the period between elementary and adult adolescence. Systematic
manipulation of symbols if noted as well as logical thinking with relation to concrete objects. Egocentric thoughts
diminish throughout this stage.
➢Formal Operational Stage: This is the stage between adolescence and adulthood. During this stage, intelligence is
demonstrated through logical use of symbols that are related to abstract concepts. Thoughts go back to being

The Process of Christian Maturity
In the sensorimotor stage, infants lack means to express knowledge of spiritual existence (Nee, 2009).
During the transition to concrete operational stage, they begin to understand universal beliefs and explanations
about Christianity. They also start to loose value of their subjective experiences.
Finally, when they get to formal operational stage of development, people often seek to explain spirituality as
they understand them and to insure their relationship with a supreme power. When they accept it, they finally
understand that they participate Christianity by showing mercy, justice and love to others.

Piaget’s stages of cognitive development suggests that egocentrism is at the center of pre-operational and the
final stages of development.
However, in the process of Christianity, the bible tells us that w...

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