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IPS Press Announces Last Book from the Late Benedict Ashley, O.P. A Culmination of His Life's Work

5/16/2013 - 8:26 AM PST

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Arlington,VA(May 16, 2013) - The final writings of renowned theologian and former IPS faculty member Benedict Ashley, O.P. (1915-2013), are now available in the newly released Healing for Freedom: A Christian Perspective on Personhood and Psychotherapy.

Published by the IPS Press, the academic press of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Ashley vividly demonstrates how a Christian notion of action, knowledge, love, and flourishing can integrate psychological models of healing at embodied, personal, and interpersonal levels.

Craig S. Titus, Ph.D., editor-in-chief of the IPS Press, expounds on the contribution of this new publication. "Ashley's Healing for Freedom is a culmination of his life's work. As a philosopher, bioethicist, and theologian, he has articulated a Catholic view of the human person with clarity. He incites us forward toward the true liberty that includes not only a freedom from disease but also a freedom for full human flourishing, even ultimate beatitude."

Throughout the book, Ashley demonstrates how psychotherapeutic models of healing can be compatible with a Christian understanding of knowledge, love and action at many different levels.

Dedicated to IPS co-founder and Academic Dean Emeritus Gladys Sweeney, Ph.D., material from Healing for Freedom is currently being used in IPS classrooms because of its distinct integrative approach to psychology and the Catholic/Christian understanding of the human person.

The book is the fourth in The Monograph Series which publishes original scholarly works promoting studies in the broad field of the psychological sciences. The writings feature experts in psychology, philosophy, and religion who come together to advance understanding of what constitutes both the mental well-being and the spiritual flourishing of the human person.

For a limited time only, Healing for Freedom is available for 20% off the purchase price from CUA Press when you use code CIPS13. For more information about the book or to order Healing for Freedom: A Christian Perspective on Personhood and Psychotherapy, please visit

In addition to Ashley's book, the IPS Press just released Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths: Building the Bridge, co-edited by Magnificat Senior Editor Romanus Cessario, O.P., and IPS faculty members Craig Steven Titus, Ph.D., and Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D.

This dynamic publication brings Catholic philosophical and theological moral thoughts into direct dialogue with the psychological sciences and aims to establish the basis for developing a common framework of understanding.

For more information about Philosophical Virtues and Psychological Strengths: Building the Bridge and the The Anthropology Project: Philosophical Virtue and Psychological Strengths, please visit


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