The Biblical Counseling Movement

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What Is Biblical Counseling?
In principle, Christians believe that knowing Jesus Christ is the original and abiding “cure of the soul.” But in practice, the church’s provision of personalized care and counsel has often been unthoughtful and unskillful. Psychiatry and psychotherapy (transliterations of two Greek words for “cure of the soul”) claim to offer the deep truth that explains a human being.

Beginning in the late 1960s, a biblical counseling movement sought to reclaim counseling for the church and provide a Christian alternative to mainstream psychiatry and psychotherapy. The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context is an informative and thought-provoking account of that movement.

This book is an invaluable resource for those who want to understand the biblical counseling movement. The core chapters were originally a PhD dissertation in history of science and medicine (University of Pennsylvania). This new edition adds a lengthy appendix, containing articles by Dr. Powlison that give an analysis of developments within the biblical counseling movement and in its relationship to evangelical psychotherapists.

2 Responses

  1. Allen Bingham

    Jay Adams has written god literature on how the Bible, especially as understood in reformed theology has much to say on counseling. Just read the opening chapters to intro to christian counseling, christian counselors manual, and for in depth reformed theology/counseling and how they are united read theology of Christian counseling. Once you realize that sin has been replaced by a medical model (mental illness), society then accepts the sin as a condition with all responsibility removed from the sinner. This really needs to be brought to like. Drunkenness has become alcoholic, which removes responsibility because it turns sin into sickness. If someone commits a grieves crime we look for what his environment contributed to his delinquency, and don’t hold them completely responsible. This is not how we see David handling his sin. Only in our sinful nature do we blame shift to find “ease” Gen 3. Sorry, I could go on but, I do believe it is important that you advertise good literature on the topic of counseling. The word admonish in the NT is often the word translated counsel (noutheo). Who then is to do counseling/admonishing? Col. 3:16. What are the requirements? Ro 15:14.
    Email me with any questions.
    Allen Bingham, deacon Bible Presbyterian Church

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