God and Soul Care
Christianity, at its heart, is a therapeutic faith-a theocentric form of soul care. God's therapeutic agenda begins in the perfect triune communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who created human beings to flourish by participating in his glory. But...
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Christianity, at its heart, is a therapeutic faith-a theocentric form of soul care. God's therapeutic agenda begins in the perfect triune communion of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who created human beings to flourish by participating in his glory. But they are now alienated from God and subject to different forms of psychopathology-sin, suffering, and biopsychosocial damage. So God intervened in Jesus Christ to manifest even greater glory. Through union with his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and exaltation, Jesus has overcome the soul-disordering consequences of sin and now is bringing about a new creation by the Holy Spirit and faith. The church as the body of Christ is where God's therapy is put into action-where people can learn to flourish in communion with God and each other as God originally intended. Told in this way, the deep connection between Christianity and psychology becomes evident. In God and Soul Care-a companion to his Foundations for Soul Care-Eric L. Johnson explores the riches of Christian theology from the heights of the Trinity to the mysteries of eschatology, uncovering ample resources for engaging in dialogue with modern psychology. Each chapter not only serves as an overview of a key doctrine but also highlights its therapeutic implications for Christian counseling and psychology. A groundbreaking achievement in the synthesis 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>christianity, At Its Heart, Is A Therapeutic Faith-a Theocentric Form Of Soul Care.</strong> God's Therapeutic Agenda Begins In The Perfect Triune Communion Of Father, Son, And Holy Spirit Who Created Human Beings To Flourish By Participating In His Glory. But They Are Now Alienated From God And Subject To Different Forms Of Psychopathology-sin, Suffering, And Biopsychosocial Damage. So God Intervened In Jesus Christ To Manifest Even Greater Glory. Through Union With His Incarnation, Life, Death, Resurrection, And Exaltation, Jesus Has Overcome The Soul-disordering Consequences Of Sin And Now Is Bringing About A New Creation By The Holy Spirit And Faith. The Church As The Body Of Christ Is Where God's Therapy Is Put Into Action-where People Can Learn To Flourish In Communion With God And Each Other As God Originally Intended. Told In This Way, The Deep Connection Between Christianity And Psychology Becomes Evident. In <em>god And Soul Care</em>-a Companion To His <em>foundations For Soul Care</em>-eric L. Johnson Explores The Riches Of Christian Theology From The Heights Of The Trinity To The Mysteries Of Eschatology, Uncovering Ample Resources For Engaging In Dialogue With Modern Psychology. Each Chapter Not Only Serves As An Overview Of A Key Doctrine But Also Highlights Its Therapeutic Implications For Christian Counseling And Psychology. A Groundbreaking Achievement In The Synthesis Of Theology And Psychology, <em>god And Soul Care</em> Is An Indispensable Resource For Students, Scholars, Pastors, And Clinicians.
- <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