Help for Those who are Seriously Depressed.

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 We all heard the sad news this past weekend that Pastor Rick Warren's (of Purpose-Driven Life fame) youngest son, Matthew (27) committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with mental illness.Times like this can be very difficult for people with serious depression and those who love them.  The depressed patient can begin to worry, "What if my mind runs away with me?  What if I lose control?"   Likewise the loved ones of a depressed patient can worry, "What if I'm missing some signs t … [Read more...]

Mandated Infertility “Treatment” for Homosexual Couples

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I have to admit that even I didn't see this coming.  As you read this, try to remember that homosexual couples aren't infertile.  It is simply physically impossible for them to procreate.  But if gay marriage is, in fact, equal to marriage, then this is the kind of thing that no one will be able to stop.Should health insurers be legally required to offer infertility treatment for gay couples? Yes, according to a bill (AB 460) filed in the California legislature by assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D … [Read more...]

Study Shows: People who Don’t Go to Church are Haters.

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Ok, now that I've got your attention, the study doesn't say that... exactly.  But it does show that non-religious persons are much less willing or able to forgive themselves or others than religious people....those who leave a religious tradition entirely (i.e., those who were religiously affiliated and no longer were at the time of the survey) are less likely to forgive themselves and others compared to those who stay in a religious tradition. What seems to matter in promoting forgiveness, … [Read more...]

Trust in the Lord and you Shall Renew Your Strength (Isaiah 40:31)–A quiz to test anxiety.

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Trust.  Mystical Theology tells us that that path to unioin with God evolves through three phases;  the purgative way (in which we overcome our sin and neurotic comfort-seeking), the illuminative way (in which we grow in virtue, zeal for service, and knowledge of God), and the unitive way (in which we experience spousal union with God).  Along that path, we are told, we should see the lessening of anxiety and the increase in trust and peace.How anxious are you?   Take this quiz to find out.  … [Read more...]

Sexual Abuse and the Church: Complicated Recovery

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The last decade has uncovered the seriousness of abuse in the Church.  The Church has done a great deal to make certain that young men and women are safe but the road for the victims of institutional abuse can be long and hard.New research shows that institutional abuse (abuse that occurs in the context of a school, church, universities, scouts, etc) can lead to an even more complicated recovery than other forms of sexual trauma.Researchers are now learning that recovery from sexual … [Read more...]

Parenting Style at Adolescence Predicts Child’s Ability to Have a Happy Marriage at Adulthood

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The Church teaches parents' are the child's primary educators.  Moms and Dads, you can't overestimate the importance of your role in raising children who are capable of having healthy, holy, happy marriage and family lives.A new study really highlights the importance of giving teens a strong family life.  Here are some of the findings...Individuals who themselves expressed greater levels of positive engagement in their families as adolescents displayed and received more positive e … [Read more...]

He Blinded Me with Science Part… the Third: The Final Chapter

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The conversation continues...BOB:  "I’m asking for evidence for this remarkable claim"  (that Christian cosmology is necessary for science).Dr. Greg: You mean other than the entire academic discipline of the history of science?  I'm afraid you've got me there.   Start with Stanley Jaki's foundational book, "The Savior of Science."  Columbia University has a brief summary of some of his major points here.BOB:  "I’ve read this claim from other Christian thinkers, but I didn’t find t … [Read more...]

Catholics and Protestants Look for Different Skills in their Counselors.

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A few years ago, I published a study examining the different attitudes religiously committed Catholics and Protestants had toward counseling.  In particular, I was curious, considering the number of Catholics who go to generically "Christian" counselors, if Catholics were being well-served by Protestant counselors.  The study revealed some interesting results.  In a survey of over a 1000 respondents drawn from every diocese in the US, it was shown that, given the choice, religiously committed Cat … [Read more...]


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