Dr. Larry Crabb And The Balance Of Theology And Psychology
Balance of theology and spirituality (Does the author lean more to theology or spirituality?).
Dr. Crabb also suggests that, there is the “Tossed Salad” approach (Crabb, 1977). Describing this approach, Crabb suggests that the, “advocates taking the Biblical areas that are seen as overlapping or in harmony with the field of psychology and vice versa, takes “bits and pieces”(1977), of each field and combines the two, considering the result to be “Christian psychotherapy.” (1977). Crabb suggests there is a pitfall to this theory. He suggests the failure to screen out the workings of psychology that are actually contrary to the Bible is often overlooked.
This, he says, is due to the fact that psychology is based on beliefs that are opposed to Christianity (Crabb, 1977). Others support this belief as well (e.g. Colson & Pearcey, 1998).Crabb states “True significance and security are available only to the Christian, one who is trusting in Christ’s perfect life…” (Crabb, 1977, p. 71), with this said, the need for significance and security are met fully only through our relationship in Christ. Through Christ we have a purpose for living and can make an eternal impact. God loves us unconditionally and fully. In all relationships with people we will be hurt. The way to change this motivational energy away from a faulty goal is to change the counselee’s thinking about what will meet their needs. Crabb, (1977), …show more content…
The job of the counselor is to get past the clients self-defense mechanisms and expose these deep forces in the person’s personality. Crabb depends heavily on the idea of an iceberg representing a person’s conscious and unconscious. With traditional methods of Christian counseling, like family counseling, the sin that may be below the obvious is sometimes never discussed, touched or changed. Human thinking is corrupted by the fall. A client’s thinking will likely be sinful because of sin’s powerful affect. "As rational beings we are able to observe both the world and ourselves and to form pictures of what we see," (Crabb, 1987, p.