In this first of a series on the topic of bipolar disorder (formerly "manic depression"), the author introduces a case study, followed by a basic framework for thinking biblically about the topic and for engaging with secular perspectives on the disorder. The blog post then summarizes and interacts with the first of four secular books on bipolar disorder, identifying how we can benefit from the book and thereby help people live in dependence upon Christ.
The author shows that behavioral therapy, even when called "Christian" and used by Christian psychologists, does not rely on the crucified Christ and the life-giving Spirit. While it may be effective in altering behavior, it is not genuine Christian heart-changing counseling.
This article spells out some of the basic differences between various forms of secular psychology, and the perspective and approach of biblical counselling. He shows that although secular psychology is in many ways fundamentally flawed, biblical counselors can make use of things that secular psychology has recognized.
Can theology be trusted? Well, it all depends on the theology and the theologian. When the theologian seeks to be guided by the Holy Spirit and when theology is based on a careful study of Scripture, then theology most likely can be trusted. Similar conclusions can be made about psychology and its use in pastoral care.