Contemplative Spirituality and Danger
But Where Are They Heading?
the AACC Code of Ethics, a clear connection to Richard Foster
(and his spirituality) has been determined:
rooted primarily in an orthodox evangelical biblical theology,
this Code is also influenced (according to the paradigm offered
by Richard Foster) by the social
justice, charismatic-pentecostal, pietistic-holiness, liturgical,
and contemplative traditions of Christian
theology and church history." p.3, American
Association of Christian Counselors, Code of Ethics
AACC website promotes the following authors:
addition to this list, the AACC World Conference 2005 had the
Larry Crabb and the AACC endorse, promote and encourage
YES, WE BELIEVE THEY DO.
"He (Larry Crabb) also recites insights from
an eclectic group of thinkers he drew on to come up with
his model of direction: Thomas Merton, Eugene Peterson, Francis Schaeffer, Henri
Nouwen, Brennan Manning, John
of the Cross, G. K. Chesterton, Michael
Card, Peter Kreeft, Augustine, Copernicus, and James
from A Shrink Gets Stretched.
The book, The Papa Prayer
(Integrity Publishers, 2006),
boasts that this new kind of prayer will "shatter your view
of prayer as it used to be" (back cover). The author, a board
member of the Spiritual
, does not hesitate to let readers know that,
while his Papa Prayer is something new and different, he also
currently practices both contemplative prayer and centering
prayer (which are really one and the same):
practiced centering prayer. I've contemplatively prayed.
I've prayed liturgically....I've benefited from each, and
I still do. In ways you'll see, elements of each style are
still with me (The Papa Prayer, p.9).
then on page 22, Crabb says, "Other forms of relating to God
that have unique value in connecting us to Him include contemplative
prayer and centering prayer." Some may say that Larry Crabb
doesn't mean actual contemplative prayer or centering prayer,
that this is just a mix up of definitions. But in a 2003 Christianity Today article
, it reveals Crabb's
sympathies towards contemplative spirituality:
counselor and popular author Larry Crabb took the trouble
to earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. But now he believes
that in today's church, therapy should be replaced by another,
more ancient practice--"spiritual direction."
"ancient practice" is the same ancient practice that Thomas
Merton and Thomas Keating teach - contemplative prayer.
A year before the Christianity Today article came
out, Crabb wrote the foreword for David Benner's book, Sacred
Companions: "The spiritual climate is ripe. Jesus seekers
across the world are being prepared to abandon the old way
of the written code for the new way of the spirit." Benner's
book is clear about what that "new way" is when he talks
about a "Transformational Journey" needed in the Christian's
life, which includes the teachings of Meister Eckhart, Thomas
Merton, Martin Buber, Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Basil
Pennington and several others, all of whom promote a panentheistic,
New Age view of God. For Crabb to write the foreword of
Benner's book, it leaves no speculation of his affinity
towards this same spirituality. His book, The Papa Prayer,
is no exception; and he comes right out and says so! The
Papa Prayer is nothing more than a union of mysticism
and psychology, and the insights of this "revolutionary"
prayer spring from Crabb's contemplative experiences. Excerpt
Evangelical Leaders Endorse The Papa Prayer by Larry Crabb!
counselor and popular author Larry Crabb took the trouble to
earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. But now he believes that
in today's church, therapy should be replaced by another, more ancient practice
'spiritual direction.' This is
one of the classical Christian spiritual
Crabb and others from a wide variety of Protestant,
Catholic, and Orthodox backgrounds are examining and recommending
anew in a biannual journal, Conversations: A Forum for Authentic
Chris Armstrong and Steven Gertz
Connected to the contemplatives:
(Manning) is my friend, walking ahead of me on the path toward
home. As I watch him from behind, I am drawn to more closely
follow on the path, to more deeply enjoy Abba's love.
Dr. Larry Crabb see
New Code for an Emerging Profession
AACC Code of Ethics
page 1 "Although rooted primarily
in evangelical theology, this Code is also influenced by the
social justice, charismatic-pentecostal, pietistic-holiness,
liturgical, and contemplative traditions of Christian theology and church history."