Religious Trauma Syndrome…

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Date: January 3, 2014

…Direct Episode Link [MP3]…

…Religious Trauma Syndrome – Episode 71…

As some know, I am re-building my “Atheist Media Links” page…which is really an atheist podcast links page…

…While going through some of my more recently discovered links, I found the Life After Faith podcast…and an interesting episode [the most recent one], where the issue of PTSD is discussed in relation to people who were harmed by their past with religion…

I just thought I’d share this episode, as it is an interesting listen…

…I do think it starts spinning a little bit hyperbolic, at a point or two [ie: some offhanded comment about “rape celebration day” in relations to priests abusing children, or the like…I don’t recall exactly how it was phrased].

Largely, I do consider myself past my own issues, over growing up in a dominating religion…Admittedly, I don’t mind talking about it, from time to time…or explaining why, I consider it to have been psychological abuse…and very messed up…and I have likened it, to a psychological form of rape, also…

So, yes…I do understand the PTSD…

Unfortunately, my own expressive tendencies [and personal accounts] seem to sometimes leave others with the impression, that I still carry a lot of baggage over it…I prefer to think of them as old scars…ones I point at and explain every now and then, when the opportunity presents itself and I am in the mood…But I never really figured this was in any way “out of line” [even the few times I might have gotten a bit emotional about it]…

…Never really thought of “that” as PTSD…I suppose, and strongly suspect, that I may suffer from some brand of PTSD…but from religion?…I don’t know…

Potentially, it could have been the basis from where it all started…After all…In my experience, a religious upbringing does not help prepare you for life in the world…In fact, I consider it to be a major inhibition towards success and balance in life…The way I experienced it, anyway.

…Honestly, I think it is the cumulative effect, of living in a world primarily of threat, non-acceptance, shame and hate…one which did not end, when I left the church.

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2 thoughts on “Religious Trauma Syndrome…

  1. Crake

    I write a blog for Christian Childlovers, and I just wanted to express my heartfelt sadness that you were in any way treated poorly by certain individuals who call themselves Christian. I just want you to know that we’re not all like that. I’m a Christian Childlover myself and I find the faith gives me a lot of peace as a Childlover. As an atheist, if you want to ask me any questions about how I reconcile Christianity with my sexual preference, you can come on over and leave a comment anywhere at http://christianchildlove.blogspot.com.

    I wish you the best, and I hope we might even be able to cooperate on some projects in building up the Childlove blog scene, because at the end of the day, even if we disagree on belief and practices, we’re both Childlovers and we’re both obviously trying to help improve the quality of life of our brethren in the community. Grace and peace be to you. Cheers.

    Reply
    1. Steve Diamond Post author

      Oh hey, Crake… 🙂

      It’s been a long time…It’s good to see you around…And I’m thrilled to see you are still in the blogosphere.

      With regards to being treated poorly…I think it was far more the effect, of chronic exposure to an isolated atmosphere of dogma, then it was any individual person who did wrong by me. That was the world I was born into…it laid the foundation of my beliefs and knowledge…and there was nothing in it, that truthfully accepted people like me. I would have never thought that I’d eventually become an atheist back then…but I had known for years, that I was an alien in that environment…and I was leaving as soon as I was able to.

      Becoming an atheist was actually an entirely separate journey…I was not looking for any theological change in my life, when I fell into this journey.

      Thank you for the well wishes…and I return them in kind.

      Oh!…and I am open to community projects, yes…and I’ve thought in the past, someone aught to be doing a Blog Carnival…something to raise awareness of our blogs, and of each other…Just one idea, that has come to me.

      – Steve

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