BCC Staff Note: You’re reading Part 2 of a three-part BCC Grace & Truth blog mini-series on “Biblical Counseling and Medication.” You can read Part 1 by Brad Hambrick at 6 Steps to Wise Decision-Making About Psychotropic Medications. In Part 3, Dr. Charles Hodges provides his perspective on this important issue.
Mike Emlet and David Powlison of CCEF have graciously granted our BCC readers free exclusive access to Dr. Emlet’s Journal of Biblical Counseling article Listening to Prozac… and to the Scriptures: A Primer on Psychoactive Medications. You can read the full article here.
Michael Emlet’s “Listening to Prozac…and to the Scriptures” updates the answer to a perennial question. What is the relationship between biblical counseling and the use of psychoactive medications? Historically, biblical counselors have sought to walk what Emlet calls the “wisdom tight-rope,” not acquiescing to claims of medical panacea but also not denying that medications can sometimes serve as a helpful adjunct to primary pastoral care. Emlet articulates this tight-rope in a fresh way. He invites us to humility, caution and balance about medicines—while asserting strong convictions about the cure of souls found in Jesus Christ.
Read Dr. Emlet’s article here.
Join the Conversation (Added by the BCC Staff)
After reading Dr. Emlet’s article, how would you compare and contrast Dr. Emlet’s perspective to the perspective presented by Brad Hambrick in Part 1?