“Translation” of Ancient Christian Wisdom into Greek

Although the overwhelming majority of readers of this blog are English speakers or have acquired reading proficiency in English, I still thought that I would let all of you know that Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy has just become available in Greek with the title Θεραπεία τῆς Ψυχῆς: Πατέρες καὶ Ψυχολόγοι σὲ Διάλογο, which could be backtranslated into English as Healing of the Soul: Fathers and Psychologists in Dialogue. The Greek version is about one hundred and fifty pages more lengthy than the English counterpart, primarily because the footnotes with patristic … [Read more...]

Patristic Embroidery on a Cognitive Pattern and Other Uses of the Fathers’ Yarn Article by Fr. Alexis newly published in the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Journal Edification

Those who follow this blog know that my book, Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy, is the springboard for what I write about in these posts. The book is the foundation; the blog is the practical extension. The book is a carefully developed thesis; the blog is composed of more leisurely excursions into the many areas that can be opened up by that thesis. So where does this new discussion article fit in? Again, it’s helpful to go back to the original work. The book was written in part to explore the possibility for the legitimate use of cognitive therapy by Christians. … [Read more...]

The Quality of Our Thoughts and the One Thought That Really Matters: The Fathers and the Baylor Report on Mental Health and Religious Beliefs

A recurring theme in Ancient Christian Wisdom as well as throughout this blog concerns the fact that our private thoughts about our selves color our emotions, shape our behavior, and set an indelible mark on our character and ultimately our lives.  In developing this thesis, I explored Aaron Beck’s cognitive therapy in the light of the teachings of the ancient fathers. According to Dr. Beck, “cognitive therapy is a system of therapy that attempts to reduce excessive emotional reactions and self-defeating behavior by modifying the faulty or erroneous thinking and maladaptive beliefs that … [Read more...]

Positive Data Logs in the Service of Acquiring a Christian Mindset

One of the standard techniques that cognitive therapists employ when working with those suffering from depression is a positive data log. In Ancient Christian Wisdom, I note “a therapist may suggest to a depressed patient with the belief, “I don’t accomplish anything,” that he keep a notebook divided into sections for work experiences, social interactions, parenting, and being alone. Under each heading, the patient is instructed to list anything that he did or tried to do, for which he deserves some credit, and to review this log daily. Protestant therapists sometimes try to increase the … [Read more...]

Ancient Christian Wisdom to be Published in Paperback

For Immediate Release Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds September 15, 2012 Launch of Paperback Edition Book Description:  Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy details a colorful journey deep into two seemingly disparate worlds united by a common insight into the way our thinking influences our emotions, behaviors, and ultimately our lives. In this innovative study about mental and spiritual health, readers are not only provided with a thorough introduction to the elegant theory and practical techniques of cognitive therapy, … [Read more...]