Comparison Paper of Dr. Larry Crabb’s Effective Biblical Counseling

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Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary

A Paper Submitted to Dr. Marcus Tanner, LMFTA in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Course, Theology and Spirituality in Counseling PACO 507 - D05

Name of Student: John Santiago
Student ID: L24473755
Class: PACO 507-D05 LUO
Instructor’s Name: Dr. Marcus Tanner, LMFTA
Date Submitted: 03/20/2014

Dr. Crabb’s book “Effective Biblical Counseling: a Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors,” (Crabb, 1997), breaks problematic areas up into two categories. The first categories are those resulting from natural or physical causes. The second is composed mostly of problem that are essentially moral. It has been said by
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Approaching the problem by screening out any secular psychology which is not compatible with biblical principles and doctrine, counselors need to look at psychology from a foundation of theology though it can be, “a delicate and risky task, appropriate for the Christian and sanctioned by God,” (p 49) though and as scripture suggests if non biblical ideas or presuppositions are allowed to slip through, the Christian message and theology will end up being lost or at the least diluted.
Biblical Integration: (How much of the Bible is used in this methodology?). 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 &

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