The Apostle Paul: Problem Formation and Problem Resolution from a Systems Perspective

Volume
Volume 9
Issue
Summer 1981
Title
The Apostle Paul: Problem Formation and Problem Resolution from a Systems Perspective
Abstract

Problem formation and its resolution is hypothesized to be similar in "€œprocess,"€ whether it is conceptualized in terms of sin and redemption or psychopathology and psychotherapy. Watzlawick, Weakland, aand Fisch'€™s (1974) systems theory explanation of problem formation and problem resolution is applied to the dilemmas facing the Apostle Paul prior to and through his conversion. His concept of attaining righteousness through conforming to the Law resulted in futile attempts at "€œmore of the same,"€ resulting in a "œgame without end."€ In order to change, a paradigm shift was required. The problem was reframed for him through his encounter with Christians and with Christ himself on the road to Damascus. He was placed in a "€œtherapeutic double-bind,"€ making it possible for him to find the solution of righteousness through faith in Christ. Potential problems in the integration of biblical material and systems theory are also briefly examined.

Authors
Dr. D.D. Morgan, D. Levandowski and Dr. M.L. Rogers
Pages
136 - 143
Price
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