God and Soul Care
:Christianity, at its heart, is a therapeutic faith-a religion of soul care. The story of the Christianity is a story of divine therapy. God's therapeutic agenda begins in the perfect triune communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The...
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:Christianity, at its heart, is a therapeutic faith-a religion of soul care.The story of the Christianity is a story of divine therapy. God's therapeutic agenda begins in the perfect triune communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The triune God created human beings to flourish by participating in his glory, but human beings rebelled against this agenda and fell into the psychopathology of sin. God therapeutically intervened in Jesus Christ to bring about healing in body and soul. Through his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and exaltation, Christ put to death the soul-disordering consequences of sin and brought about a new creation through union with and conformity to him. The church as the body of Christ is where God's therapy is put into action-where people can flourish in communion the way God originally intended.Told in this way, the deep connection between Christian faith and psychology becomes evident. While many Christians are wary of therapy, the Christian tradition is thoroughly therapeutic and contains ample resources for engaging in dialogue with modern psychology. In God and Soul Care-a companion to Foundations for Soul Care-Eric L. Johnson explores the riches of Christian theology, from the heights of the Trinity to the mysteries of eschatology. Each chapter not only serves as an overview of a key doctrine, but it also highlights the therapeutic implications of this doctrine for Christian counseling and psychology.A groundbreaking achievement in the integration of theology and psychology, God and Soul Care is an indispensable resource for students, scholars, pastors, and clinicians.
Eric L. Johnson (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is a psychologist and associate professor of pastoral theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His books include God Under Fire; Foundations for Soul Care and Psychology and Christianity: Four Views. He is also a frequent contributor to the Journal of Psychology and Theology. He is the director of the Society for Christian Psychology.
- <strong>part I: The Doxological/therapeutic Agenda Of The Trinity</strong>
- 1. The Orbit Of The Human Soul2. The Glorious Missions Of The Trinity3. The Word Of The Son4. The Gift Of The Holy Spirit5. The Story Of Glory
- <strong>part Ii: The Goodness Of God And The Human Creation</strong>
- 6. The Beauty Of God And Human Flourishing7. The Way It’s Supposed To Be
- <strong>part Iii: The Divine Diagnosis</strong>
- 8. Sin And Psychopathology9. Suffering And Psychopathology10. Biopsychosocial Damage And Psychopathology11. The Breadth Of Psychopathology
- <strong>part Iv: The Divine Intervention</strong>
- 12. The Life Of Christ And The Perfection Of Humanity13. The Death Of Christ And The End Of Psychopathology14. The Resurrection Of Christ And The Beginning Of A New Creation15. The Exaltation Of Christ And The Spread Of The New Creation
- <strong>part V: The Divine Therapy</strong>
- 16. The Embrace Of The Body Of Christ17. The Old-new Division Of The Christian18. Redemptive Differentiation19. Redemptive Integration
- <strong>part Vi: The Divine Cure</strong>
- 20. The End Is Now And Is To Come