Blame It On the Brain?
Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience
Depression – ADD – Alcoholism – Homosexuality – is it really legitimate to say that “mental illness” is the source behind these? Or some other inclination of the mind, planted at birth by forces beyond our control? Are we making creative excuses for our disobedience to God?
Attempting to view the mind by an examination of what Scripture says about it, author Ed Welch shows us that some matters are rooted in the tastes of one’s heart. Perhaps some habits can actually be broken if we learn to think differently with a renewed mind.
“Ed Welch’s careful biblical and scientific scholarship is a model to be emulated, especially in his chapters on homosexuality and alcoholism. While he has not written the final word on the interaction between the brain and the soul, he has forged a work that has a strong theoretical base and eminently practical application. Christians who personally or professionally face or discuss these problems in themselves or others must study and contend with this book.” — Franklin E. Payne Jr., M.D.
- Who’s in Charge?
- Mind-Body: Questions and Answers
- Mind-Body: Practical Applications
- Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
- Head Injury
- An Introduction to Psychiatric Problems
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Final Thoughts
About the Author
Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D. is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling (neuropsychology) from the University of Utah and has a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling, including When People Are Big and God Is Small; Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame It on the Brain?; Depression; Running Scared; Shame Interrupted; and Side by Side: Walking with Others in Wisdom and Love. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. In his spare time, Ed enjoys spending time with his wife and extended family and playing his guitar.