Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds

Ancient Christian Wisdom and Aaron Beck's Cognitive Therapy: A Meeting of Minds

by Alexis Trader

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433121562
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers
Publication date: 09/28/2012
Series: American University Studies Series: Series 7: Theology and Religion
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 351
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Father Alexis Trader is an Orthodox Christian father confessor who has had the opportunity not only to investigate ascetic literature for a period of over twenty years, but also to observe and test how those teachings can be put into practice today by those living in monasteries as well as by individuals struggling in contemporary society. His considerable monastic experience in the ancient monastic republic of Mount Athos and elsewhere has furnished him with a psychologically and existentially relevant hermeneutical context for a fresh approach to patristic texts. Father Alexis received his PhD summa cum laude in theology from the University of Thessalonica in Greece and his MA in divinity from the University of Chicago. He is the author of books in Greek and English as well as a translator of a number of Greek theological and pastoral works.

Table of Contents

Foreword H. Tristram Engelhardt ix

Preface xiii

List of Abbreviations xv

Introduction: Reason and Speech: Timeless Truth and Secular Echoes 1

Part I Methodologies and Philosophies

Chapter 1 Egyptian Gold in a Christian Hand: Models for Relating Cognitive Therapy and Orthodox Pastoral Theology 9

Chapter 2 Worlds Apart: Myth, Method, and Metaphysics 23

Part II Theories of Thoughts, Pathology, and Recovery

Chapter 3 A Patristic Voyage through the Cognitive Model 49

Chapter 4 A Comparative Anatomy of Psychopathology: Thoughts, Self, and Childhood 77

Chapter 5 The Fisherman's Art and the Scientist's Method: Two Images for Metacognition and Two Types of Education 109

Part III Human Practitioners and People in Need

Chapter 6 Reflections from an Unlikely Portrait Gallery: Spiritual Fathers and Cognitive Therapists 141

Part IV Strategies for Therapeutic Change

Chapter 7 Following Ariadne's Thread: Problems, Goals, Experiments, and Behavioral Interventions 169

Chapter 8 To Survey the Thoughts is to Calm Them: Theoria, Watchfulness, and Preliminary Cognitive Skills 195

Chapter 9 Cultivating the Garden of the Heart: Patristic Counsel and Cognitive Techniques for Schema Reconstruction 217

Chapter 10 Final Coda: The Chorus of the Fathers and the Harmonies of Cognitive Therapy 251

Notes 263

Bibliography 321

Index 335

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