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Religious Humanism and Family Functioning

Dr. Lily M. Harun.

According to Miller (1991), the notion of religious humanism is the cutting edge of contemporary humanistic thought. As explained by Bergin (1980), science has lost its authority as the dominating source of truth it once was; psychology, in particular has faced blows to its status as a source of authority for human action because of its obsession with ‘methodolatry’; and the emergence of studies on consciousness and cognition grew out of disillusionment with mechanistic behaviourism have set the new possibility of examining unobservable entities namely spiritual forces at work in the human behaviours. The element of humanism is fundamental in family functioning. This paper will discuss the importance of integrating religion and the field of social science to enhance family functioning. An integration of the humanistic family therapy and Islam is undertaken to explain the phenomenal experience of family functioning. A total submission to the will of God revitalizes the humanistic values of a person to enrich his/her interpersonal encounters with others in the family system (micro level) and the community (macro level).


Dr. Lily M. Harun  (Malaysia)
Dept. of Behavioural Studies and Human Movement, Faculty of Educational Studies
University Putra Malaysia

LILY MASTURA HARUN is a lecturer in the field of marriage and family counselling at University Putra Malaysia. She believes that the psychological well-being of a person is wholesome with the belief in God as the Creator.

  • religious humanism
  • family functioning
  • self-concept
  • family concept
Person as Subject
  • Harun, Lily M.

(Virtual Presentation, English)