Integrative Perspectives on Psychology and Christian Counseling

IN THE PAST, Evangelical church leaders have notoriously denounced psychology, choosing to rely only on Christian doctrine and biblical principles when counseling individuals. Lately, there is an effort in play to integrate psychological principles and therapies with Christian theology. As a Christian, I remain committed to the spiritual truths of original sin, man's sin nature, …

The Providence of God

PROVIDENCE IS AMONG THE most frequently misunderstood words in Christian theology. According to Merriam-Webster, providence can be defined as "...divine guidance or care" or "God conceived as the power sustaining and guiding human destiny." The word is also used to identify "God," "deity," or "divine superintendence." Admittedly, providence as a word does not appear in …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Four

Written by Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.A. Theology Since the birth of psychoanalysis, there has been a disconnect between psychology/psychiatry and theology. Freud’s worldview was that belief in God was nothing short of neurotic. I HAVE BEEN ASTONISHED for years about the human condition. Too much violence, sadness, depression, anxiety, and angst among the population. …

Integrating Christian Theology and Psychology: Part Two

By Steven Barto, B.S., Psy., M.T.S. A NUMBER OF PHILOSOPHERS of the Enlightenment began publishing their thoughts in the late 1600s to early 1700s, and detractors almost immediately took on the task of stating their objections. Public debate began in Europe and Western Civilization whose echoes can be heard today. Enlightenment was characterized by skepticism …

Regarding Christian Theology and Psychology in Treating Mental Illness

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet. —Frederick Buechner GOD CALLS PEOPLE. It might not be the calling of Abraham to leave the land of Ur and go forth into wilderness he knew nothing about, or the calling of Moses, confronted with the …

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