A Review of
The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church
Mark R. McMinn
Reviewed by Alisa Williams
Author Mark McMinn begins his book The Science of Virtue with a personal anecdote that sets the stage for the following chapters: when he was preparing to leave for graduate school, a concerned couple from his church approached with a dire warning that to pursue a degree in clinical psychology would likely cause him to abandon his faith.
It’s a story that rings familiar to many Christians who have pursued degrees in the sciences, myself included. Even as an undergraduate studying psychology at a Christian college, I was told my chosen degree would lead me away from God.
The Christian church has had a tense relationship with science for centuries (to put it mildly), but McMinn’s intriguing look at positive psychology is an effort to reinforce the delicate bridge between the two.