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The role of James McCosh in God's exile from psychology.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
History of psychology
Publication Date
Volume
7
Issue
4
Pages
323–339
Identifiers
PMID: 15628021
Source
Medline
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Abstract

As a discipline of psychology coalesced during the latter half of the 19th century in American institutions of higher learning, the role of God as an explanatory force declined dramatically. Part of this story must include the role played by James McCosh, president and primary psychology professor at Princeton, 1868-1888, in assuring orthodox educated believers that the new psychology was essentially a safe endeavor and that the truths discovered therein posed no threat and ultimately would harmonize with the truths of the historic Christian faith. Several of McCosh's students later credited him with leading the way. Where McCosh led and how he did it is the focus of this article.

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