May 13, 2008
A Biblical Approach to Mental Health?
A recent UPI story reports that the University of Illinois at Chicago is now offering an online course which highlights the use of biblical narratives in psychotherapy. According to the article, "'A Biblical Approach to Mental Health,' is a 12-week online course that suggests the biblical narratives offers life-affirming principles not found in the Greek myths traditional used a subtext for psychotherapy" [sic].
While it is always nice to see the Bible taken seriously as a book that is relevant to the needs of modern life, attempts like this one to principalize the biblical material are often hermeneutically unsound and therefore, therapeutically dubious. But without additional information, it is hard to know the methodological approach to the biblical narratives utilized in this course.