Religious PTSD

Research suggests that "spiritual struggle" - including "Punishing God Reappraisal," "Reappraisal of God's Powers," and "Spiritual Discontent" - may be a mediating factor between trauma and PTSD symptoms. Social-cognitive theorists postulate that PTSD symptoms result from trauma that shatters one’s basic assumptions about the invulnerability of the self and the safety of the world (Janoff-Bulman,... Continue Reading →

“Sanctification”

"Yes, Jesus hung out with broken, messed-up people, but he didn't leave them that way." This is often the response we hear to the argument that Jesus is near and not far off from the sorts of people rejected by ancient or modern religion - tax collectors, drunkards, sinners. This response is something I struggle... Continue Reading →

Albatross of Shame

Only in very recent years - even months - have I begun to recognize the degree to which organized religion still affects my ability to overcome chronic shame - even as I consider myself currently severed from organized religion. Growing up, I was surrounded by the spoken and unspoken messages of fundamentalist organized religion. Of... Continue Reading →

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