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Mobile Ed: CO107 Introducing Biblical Counseling: The History of Counseling (5 hour course - audio)

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Explore how to develop a biblical theory of personality by first looking at some of the fatal flaws in the secular models as they relate to caregiving and Scripture. Gain knowledge of God and His Word, and of yourself in relation to God.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Psychology through a Historical Lens

  • A Changing Understanding of the Human Condition
  • The Changing Definition of Psychology
  • The Changing Landscape of Psychology
  • The Benefits and Limitations of Studying Secular Theories of Counseling

Unit 2: Psychology through a Biblical Lens

  • Understanding God’s View of the Human Condition
  • Identity, Direction, and Purpose within a Biblical View of History
  • The Search for Meaning
  • An Example in Scripture: Romans 14
  • The Tension between Greek Philosophy and Christianity
  • Using the Secular as a Bridge
  • The Example of Jesus in the Care of Souls
  • The Care of Souls: Characterized and Modeled
  • Defining Soul Care

Unit 3: Caregiving in the Ante-Nicene Church

  • Polycarp
  • Tertullian
  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Perpetua
  • Cyprian

Unit 4: Caregiving in the Post-Nicene Church

  • Ambrose and Gregory of Nyssa
  • Chrysostom
  • Augustine
  • Gregory the Great
  • Hildegard of Bingen

Unit 5: Caregiving in the Reformation

  • Martin Luther, Advice for the Mind
  • Martin Luther, Advice on Responding
  • Calvin, Bucer, Herbert, and Taylor
  • Richard Baxter

Unit 6: Caregiving in the Post-Reformation

  • Count Zinzendorf
  • John Wesley
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Alexander Gerard
  • Ian Maclaren (John Watson)
  • A Summary of Counseling Principles Found in the Historical Church

Unit 7: Historical Biblical Psychologies

  • Introduction to Historical Biblical Psychologies
  • The Myth of Objectivity in Behavioral Sciences
  • Historical Christian Roots of Modern Science
  • The Impact of Our Views of Human Nature
  • The Landscape of Premodern Psychology
  • Biblical Psychology: The Importance of Our View of the Soul
  • The Shifting Views of Psychology

Unit 8: Developing a Biblical Theory of Personality

  • Identity: The Core of a Biblical Theory of Personality
  • Developmental Psychology: The Importance of Critical Thinking
  • Developmental Psychology: The Absence of Purpose
  • The Problem with Developmental Theories: Distortion of Identity
  • The Influence of the Enlightenment on Modern Developmental Theories
  • Christian Developmental Theory: A Journey of Pilgrimage
  • The Characteristics of Christian Personality Theory
  • Mapping the Spiritual Journey


  • Course Summary

Product Details

  • Title: Introducing Biblical Counseling: The History of Counseling (audio)
  • Instructor: Ian Jones
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Audio
  • Length: 5 hours

About Ian F. Jones

Dr. Ian F. Jones is professor of psychology and counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is chairman of the Division of Church and Community Ministries and holds the Baptist Community Ministries’ Chair of Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Jones has taught, counseled, and conducted family conferences in the USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, and Australia. He is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed marriage and family therapist, and his areas of teaching specialization include counseling theory, cross-cultural counseling, historical pastoral counseling, and counseling and ethics.