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Forum 1: Followup Questions

By Dr. Brian Campbell

 

 

Is Everything Biology?  Each day that goes by, more and more evidence is accumulating that so-called “psychological disorders” are genetic and/or biologically based—for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, Asperger’s Syndrome, and ADHD.  What happens if, in the future, more or less all psychological disorders are explained from the level of biology?  Is it possible that psychology and theology will both be abandoned in favor of medical treatments for psychological disorders?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Modern Science:  Do you see any similarities between the arguments for and against integration with the argument between creationism and evolution?  How are the two debates similar? 

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Training:  Do you think that pastors need more training in psychology?  Or, do psychologists need more training in theology?  If you want to integrate psychology and theology, do you, personally, feel you need more training in the Bible, or more training in psychology?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Truth?  As you read Entwistle, were you able to “expand your mind” to consider that “all truth is God’s truth?”  This concept sounds fantastic!  However, what happens if the scientific “truths” of today turn out to be “myths” in the future?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Demons:   Some pastors feel that psychological disorders are caused by demon possession.  To what extent do you believe in the influence of demons on the mental health of individuals?  Should Christian counselors be fighting “spiritual warfare?”

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Beliefs:  I have argued that psychology and theology can best be integrated if we focus on the concept of “beliefs” and the way that irrational beliefs “drive” pathology.  Do you think that the integration of psychology and theology would be more acceptable to pastors if you could focus their attention on the concept of beliefs?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Worldview:  Has your own religious training, and your worldview, influenced how you have considered the question of integration?  Was your own church hostile to psychology?  To what extent has the modern protestant church embraced psychology?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Counseling Setting?  In the future, do you see yourself working as a Christian counselor in a church setting?  Do you see yourself in private practice?  Do you think Christians are going to be free to engage in Christian counseling if insurance companies are paying them?  Do you anticipate a “clash” of worldviews?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

                                                                                 

The Bible?  When integrating psychology and theology, do you think it is important to keep the Bible as the “standard” by which everything else is tested?  If science directly contradicts something from the Bible, what should we do?  Should we automatically reject science, or is it possible that our interpretation of the Bible is what is incorrect?  If hermeneutics is superior to the scientific method in finding truth, why is that we have so many different interpretations of the Bible?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

The Secular World:  If you work as a counselor in the public sector, do you think you will be allowed to practice Christian counseling?  If you can’t pray with your clients or read scriptures together, do you think you would be comfortable working in the secular world?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Are Pastors Fallible?  Pastors may have access to the “best mental health textbook every written” (the Bible), but do they always interpret the Bible properly?  Is their interpretation of the Truths of the Bible open to question?  Should we believe everything they tell us?  Is it possible that in many instances they are misinterpreting the Truths of the Bible?

 

Dr. Campbell

 

Hermeneutics Versus the  Scientific Method:  In your opinion, do hermeneutics and the scientific method have equal validity, or is one method superior to another at searching for truth?  Do you feel competent in your understanding of either or both of these investigative tools? 

 

Dr. Campbell

 

 

Political Correctness:  As modern society becomes more “politically correct,” individuals who advertise themselves as “Christian counselors” may come under increasing attack by the scientific community and society in general.  Do you feel that you are gaining knowledge that will help you “fight back” against a completely “neutralized” and “secularized” society?  If you plan to work in a private practice setting, will you use the word “Christian” when describing your services?