Shackled Girl: Part 3 – Prepared Statement by Alleged Abuser

by PropinquaEditor’s note: For a year, a home-schooling Christian man named Timothy Ciboro allegedly disciplined his ex-girlfriend’s daughter by shackling her to a basement post. The girl, 13, escaped in mid-May. Timothy Ciboro, 53, and his son Esten, 27, were arrested in Toledo, charged with kidnapping and torture. The girl’s mother is now also jailed, but on unrelated warrants. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Praise God Constantly So The Devil Doesn’t Make You Depressed?

by Colin Campbell from Meat For Men - What Happens When We Sing High Praises?Editor's note: I supposed you could also draw the analogy from this bit that if you aren't praising God enough or in the correct way that Satan will make a family member depressed or doubt God. Sometimes the faith of cultural enforcers in evangelical fundamentalist quiverfull Christianity seems like a weak thing that can be damaged by every passing breeze if these 'Good Patriarchs' are to be believed by their words. A prime example of the toxic beliefs in the church that depression is somehow sin related. … [Read more...]

“How To Win Over Depression” – review: 160 – 191

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsHonestly, this chapter, which Tim titled “Depression and Your Temperament,” was more than a little befuddling. He bases his entire argument on Hippocrates’ Humorism— and no, I’m not joking. This chapter is dedicated to a medical theory thousands of years old that was completely obliterated by the advent of modern medical knowledge. … [Read more...]

How To Win Over Depression – review 88 – 112

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons In the two chapters I’m going over today– “The Place of Anger in Depression” and “Self-Pity and Depression”– Tim makes an argument based on commonly held attitudes among evangelicals and fundamentalists. As I’ve talked about in the past, the common understanding in Tim’s circles is that there are “good” emotions and “bad” emotions– and the “bad” ones are sinful. In my experience, there are two emotions in particular that seem to be universally reviled in evangelicalism: anger and self-pity. He is building on that assumption, relying on a typical evangelical’s willingness to accept the claim that all anger and all self-pity is … [Read more...]

How To Win Over Depression – review 49 – 87

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The DragonsTrigger warning - Christians blaming depression on lack of faith Before we really get into it, I would like to do a brief compare and contrast between what the medical community says and what Tim says about the possible causes for depression. This list is collated from the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Health, and WebMD: … [Read more...]

“How to Win Over Depression” review 28 -48

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Last week I spent a good bit of time talking about how Tim doesn’t understand the symptoms of depression and what those symptoms can look like; this week it becomes blindingly obvious why Tim so deeply and fundamentally doesn’t understand depression. In his chapter “The Symptoms of Depression” he makes it very clear that he has a mental picture of the ideal depressed person. All of his descriptions of the various symptoms point to the common cultural understanding of how a depressed person behaves and what they look like. … [Read more...]

“How To Win Over Depression” – review 1 – 27

by Samantha Field cross posted from her blog Defeating The Dragons Before I get to what Tim had to say in the first two chapters, I want to begin by making sure we’re all on the same page, especially since Tim is going to confuse this issue in very serious ways. First, there are different kinds of depression. There’s major or clinical depression (which can also be chronic,) mild depression, seasonal affective disorder, and the depression that is a part if bipolar disorder (as well as others). Tim doesn’t distinguish between any of these, and his reasoning for why he mixes all of these up will become clear once we’re further into the book. However, the book focuses on helping people who have … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: What To Say To Depressed Women?

by Jessica from Smartter Each Day as cross posted at The Humbled Housewife - To the Mom Who Feels DepressedEditor's note: While this is the rare Christian woman urging others to get medical treatment for depression and that's good, having someone else tell you how 'selfish' you are being because you are depressed is really discouraging. I'm glad it jolted the original author into seeking help, but in the world of Quiverfull Evangelical Fundamentalism it's a message that is repeated again and again, 'You have no reason to be depressed because you are blessed, so suck it up and be joyful'. It's a toxic message that's led to tragedies, such as mothers in the movement who have killed their … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Proud of Mental Illness?

by Voddie Baucham from his sermon "Nebuchadnezzar Loses His Mind" as transcribed by R.L. Stollar from Homeschoolers Anonymous posted on his Facebook feed.Didn't Voddie say that you should never watch television? Sounds like he's been watching a lot of "Law and Order: SVU" and listening to Dr. George Huang on SVU. This is some of the usual disgusting shaming of mental illness and those that suffer from it. … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Rejection of God Causes Anxiety Disorders and Depression?

by Zach Dasher, Louisiana candidate for Congress and nephew of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson in Mother Jones - Duck Dynasty Congressional Candidate Says Godlessness Will Cause 'Mass Carnage and Mass Death' … [Read more...]