Saturday, 26 January 2008

Does Christian Counseling Promote Privatized Religion?

ETS Paper Presentation
Conference Theme: Evangelical Christianity and Other Religions
Nov 20-22, 2002 @ Toronto
by Stephen P. Greggo

As Evangelical Christianity defines its theological relationship with other religions, it must also address the contemporary trend of individuals creating a self-defined religion. Christian counseling is typically a one-on-one encounter that may promote autonomy and greater self-direction. In this post-modern culture, the very factors that make this relational process effective may also promote the formation and practice of a private, personal spirituality. Recent trends in counseling such as spiritual direction or coaching may increase the individualistic orientation of Christian counseling and thus increase the risk of promoting privatized religion. The purpose of this paper will be to identify critical theological principles that can guide Christian counseling and address this current concern.

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