Do Evangelical Beliefs Lead to Mental Illness?

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from The Life and Times of Bruce GerencserDo Evangelical beliefs lead to mental illness? Yes and no. Certainly, Evangelicals, thanks to their religious beliefs, are, to some degree, deluded. They believe things that aren’t true, but I am not inclined to think that this means they all have some sort of mental illness.  All of us are capable of self-delusion. That said, I do think some Evangelicals are mentally ill, and thanks to their beliefs, they see their illness as God giving them some sort of inside information about the world. These Evangelicals are the religious version of Mel Gibson in the movie Conspiracy Theory. Let me illustrate this with a YouTu … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Miscarriage is Caused by ‘Emotions’?

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by Andrew Wommack at Raw Story - TV Faith Healer: Women Have Miscarriages Because They Don't Obey God's Law About Being Too EmotionalEditor's note: With this piece I think I've seen every imaginable blame assigned to women by Christian Patriarchs now. This is vile and extremely hurtful to the many women who have suffered the pain of miscarriage, particularly those who've lost babies they wanted with all their hearts. Miscarriages happen for all sorts of reasons, sometimes no one knows the why, but emotions don't cause them. What he says at the beginning in the clip on Raw Story about depression and mental illness is even worse. … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

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News: Rusty Yates Thinks State of Texas Was Cruel to Andrea Yates

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Remember the Andrea Yates story fourteen years ago? If you don't recall it Andrea Yates was a Quiverfull mother who was suffering from post-partum psychosis and killed all five of her children. Everyone around her knew she was significantly mentally ill to the point where her doctor didn't think she should have more children, yet did very little to get her real help. Her husband quietly divorced her two years after the trial, remarried and continued on with his Quiverfull lifestyle by having even more children.Oprah's series "Where Are They Now?" caught up with Rusty and he had this to say about his thoughts on Andrea's trial. … [Read more...]

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Part 1 – Call Me Crazy: the Gaslighting of Homeschool Abuse Survivors

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by Heather Doney cross posted from her blog Becoming WorldlyEditor's note: This is part one of two. At some point during posting this the last half didn't come over so the post has been split in two to correct this and because of the lengthiness of the original article. Part two will be posted on December 29th. Last week my Dad diagnosed me with bipolar disorder. Maybe this could have explained a few things, and no doubt he would like to think it does, except for one uncomfortable fact. I do not have bipolar disorder. I still see a counselor and I previously saw another one for two years and I’m pretty sure that if I had bipolar disorder, one of them would have told me. … [Read more...]

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Evangelicals Pontificate on the Suicide of Robin Williams

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by Bruce Gerencser cross posted from his blog The Way Forward written on Tuesday August 12, 2014 “I don’t understand the whole fundamentalist thing; you see, I’m an Episcopal; that’s Catholic Light. Same religion, half the guilt!” –Robin Williams Why is it that Evangelicals think they need to pontificate any time someone of note dies? It seems, when it comes to people who have some sort of notoriety, that Evangelicals KNOW whether the dead person’s name is in the Book of Life. They seemingly have a gift from God that enables them to know who is and isn’t a Christian. Over the years, I have had to deal with countless Evangelicals that felt called by God to weigh in on whether I was ever a … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Who Exactly is the Psycho Here?

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by Jeramy Anderson from Persevero News - Pagan Labels and Their Consequence Don’t succumb to a label like “bi-polar” or “multi-personality disorder.” Rather, seek for His Kingdom, and then He will give you clarity to be who you were created to be. That is made in the image of God for His worship. Trusting in His Sovereignty frees men from the yo-yo of regular sporadic emotional stints. Yes, we do enter times of grieving during great loss, and the pressures of work and family life often seem to crush our very souls, yet the Sovereign God who created us gives the repentant regenerate Christian joy and the peace that passes all understanding no matter the crises. Read the piece in its entirety … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: The ‘Me’ Monster Mom?

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by Erin Harrison from No Greater Joy Magazine - The 'ME' Monster Later, I met this man, a guy who was working with Mark on a job. Something drew me to him. He looked at me and told me, even as I smiled, that there was a sadness in my eyes. It was like a gift. I opened up to this person I did not even know, and he told me how sinful I was. Me? Sinful? I was sinned against as an innocent child. I was rejected by nasty people. I was hurt and in pain. How could I be to blame in this? At first it made me angry. … [Read more...]

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Quoting Quiverfull: Low Self-Esteem Is Healthy?

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by Jane Grey of Ladies Against Feminism and her blog Jane Grey So we are to have high God-esteem, and with that comes high esteem for God's creation, including ourselves. This is not an arrogant, conceited esteem of ourselves, … [Read more...]

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Patriarchy Acoss Cultures: From Generation to Generation

by Tapati    Grandpa Glen and Grandma Velma TallmanMy mother sounds like a horrible person as I write about her blocking my efforts to leave home, hitting me, and subsiding into depression and suicide. Of course there remains a stigma associated with mental illness and it’s difficult for most people to find compassion for people who act out when their illness is poorly managed. In the 1970s there weren’t any really good anti-depressants on the market and the ones offered to my mom came with some hefty side effects. Psychotherapy also wasn’t as sophisticated. I wonder how she would have responded to modern therapies but I can never know.Mom didn’t develop her illness in a vacuum. There i … [Read more...]

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