“Biological Psychiatry:” The notion that childhood experience was determinative dominated the psychologies of the mid-’80s to mid-’90s. But the newest fad is that biology is determinative. “For years biblical counselors have challenged the psychologizing of human life, arguing that human beings are fundamentally and thoroughly relational. Currently, the biopsychologizing of human life is having a huge impact.” Remember two key arguments. First, what god has said about human nature is always true, and Christianity is the only true and enduring “grand unifying theory” of people, problems, and change. Second, this is the third major biopsychiatric wave in the past 130 years (1865-1910; 1940-1960). Like in the earlier waves, new knowledge of localized brain functions and new medical treatments lead to bold claims. Biblical counselors has work to do to clarify or practical theology of mind-body relations.
Author: David Powlison Date: January 01, 1999
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Other Articles Included in This Issue
- Book Review: Can Philosophical Counseling Cure Psychotherapy of Its Medical Pretensions? A Review of Books on Philosophical Counseling
- Book Review: Connecting: A Radical New Vision by Larry Crabb
- Life in the Upside-Down Kingdom
- Guidance and the Plan of God
- Biblical Counseling in Korea: An Interview with Kyu Whang and Ed Welch
- Helping Women with Post-Abortion
- Practice What You Preach and Counsel
- Getting to the Heart of Your Worry
- Pursue the Servant’s Mindset
- Biological Psychiatry