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Bavinck, a Patron Saint of Biblical Counselors? A Case Study of Bavinck’s Theological Description of Shame

Okaya, Kazusa

Authors

Kazusa Okaya kazusa.okaya@durham.ac.uk
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy



Abstract

Herman Bavinck is not usually associated with the biblical counseling movement. Nevertheless, his formulation of “biblical psychology” pro- vides essential resources for biblical counselors today. This article treats shame as a case study to demonstrate how his biblical psychological account differs from that of secular psychology by providing a more nuanced and biblical approach to shame. He places shame within the organic understanding of sin and considers shame to be caused by the self-judgment of conscience. Hence, depending on the alignment of one’s conscience, good shame can provide a positive pedagogy for Christian formation, while false shame can lead one away from God. While the cure for shame is often thought to be its eradication, Bavinck equips pastors and counselors with an alternative model.

Citation

Okaya, K. (2024). Bavinck, a Patron Saint of Biblical Counselors? A Case Study of Bavinck’s Theological Description of Shame. Unio cum Christo, 9(1), 51. https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc9.1.2023.art3

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 8, 2023
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2023
Publication Date Apr 1, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2024
Journal Unio Cum Christo
Print ISSN 2380-5412
Electronic ISSN 2380-5412
Publisher Westminster Theological Seminary
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 51
DOI https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc9.1.2023.art3
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2505222


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