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  1. Oh, you're good Jenell. The school was really weird. I am happy to say I am currently studying for my masters in research psychology at a state university. I have studied under one of the leading psychology of religion experts in the world, and this has opened me up to a whole new world. I have friends who are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Agnostic, Buddhist and Atheist. I am thankful for every one of them and the experiences that knowing them has given me.
  2. Unfortunately, the university is accredited. It even has a masters program for "Christian" counseling, with a concentration is cross-cultural counseling. I struggled a lot with fairly severe depression in college and always felt guilty for it. I thought it was my fault and was a result of my not having enough faith in G_d to make it go away. I would go to alter calls hoping to be healed miraculously and be discouraged when it didn't happen. PC has done a lot to free me from those old feelings of guilt and fear and allows me to learn about other perspectives and belief systems without the fear of angering G_d or becoming "of the world". I feel like I can relate to people who believe differently than me a thousand times better, and I hope I'm more relatable. I think it has made me a more compassionate, open-minded, and overall better person.
  3. It was our senior capstone class. It's purpose was basically to sum up what we had learned in our previous psych classes. We took it right before graduation. It was a private Pentecostal university in the Southeast. When asked what they would do when they had a patient with a mental illness, or who was gay and didn't see a problem with it - they couldn't come up with an answer. The only thing they could think of to do was "refer them to someone else". I remember our professor even asking if they really thought they should be counselors. Some of them weren't like that, but several were. The university wasn't all bad, I did meet some truly wonderful people there who are still my friends today, but I also had some bad experiences like that one. Some of the students really did believe depression is a result of sinning or being separated from G_d, psychosis is demon possession, and homosexuality is wrong. I liked and respected most of my professors... Even if they weren't progressives a lot of them at least tried to get students to start to think about why they believed what they believed, but that didn't always happen. It was a weird environment. I have a lot of interesting stories.
  4. For me Progressive Christianity is a place where I can stop repressing my questions about the evangelical Christianity I was introduced to earlier on in my life. These questions and thoughts would most likley get me labeled as a "non-Christian", or as someone too "of this world" by my more orthodox Christian friends. PC is a place where I don't have to be afraid of exploring and learning. The mostly Pentecostal and Baptist traditions I came from warned against knowing too much that was outside the tradition itself - For the very reason that it often conflicted with the tradition. I'll never forget in my college senior psychology course where the students (most of who planned on being counselors at some point) came to the conclusion that people with mental disorders were demon-possessed, and that homosexuality is a choice and therefore, wrong. They didn't want to know anymore than what they were comfortable with.
  5. Thanks for all the responses so far, everyone. I didn't expect to get so many; I've learned a lot and have been very challenged by you guys. Thank you for the input.
  6. From what I understand about the New Atheist movement, it is a relatively new movement that claims religion can be tested by logic and reasoning, and some believe a world without any religion would be far more peaceful then what we have now. Some distinguish from bad religion, but many do not. A prime example of this would be Richard Dawkins, at least from what I understand. My question is, how can we describe our brand of Christianity to people who may call themselves Antitheists? Some of them are quite hostile to religion, but especially to Christianity, and not completely without good reason, I think. How would you describe your take on Christianity to an Antitheist or New Athesist? I'm not asking in the name of conversion, but in dialogue and possibly healing and friendship. This is something that has challenged me for a long time. And if I have any of my facts wrong, feel free to set me straight.
  7. i think one of the main reason that poverty will always exist is because people will always exist who simply do not care. Some people don't care to give to charities. I think many countries have plenty of resources, but the political system of the country may not care about the poor. I think this is the case with many dictatorships. Some people may just feel like they can't help in a significant way, so they don't try. I think education is important because so many in the U.S. don't seem to know what's going on in the rest of the world, but people also need to be shaken out of their empathy. Thank you for posing such a challenging question! It really makes me stop and think about what more I could do to help.
  8. If you are a fan of mysteries, then "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie is a classic. You'll be guessing until the very end.
  9. Hi, GC! I'm still kind of new to Progressive Christianity too. Hope you find some great resources!
  10. I've found that as I learn more about the world around me, I have become much much more liberal in my views toward the world. I've also become much more uncertain about the nature of God, and especially Christ, which has been painful, but I'm trying to learn to find grace in the uncertainty. I have also found that these more liberal and agnostic views have distanced me from my mother and someone I used to consider a very close friend. She was always there or me, and was always kind and supportive, and I believe she is a genuinely good person. The problem is that she is a staunch conservative Baptist, and I'm not anymore. I don't know that I ever really was. We haven't talked one on one in a while, and I worry what she would think of me now. I don't want to lose her as a friend, but I worry that our views on life are too different, and I'm not sure her husband likes me very much. With regards to my mom, I think she's more understanding towards my views, but she doesn't know to what extent I have struggled or changed I don't believe. I know she worries for my soul, and I feel guilty for her hurting like that on my behalf. I also still have worries about eternity and what happens after we die and stuff like that. How do you deal with it?
  11. I remember I was also about 11 or 12 when I accepted Christ and became more aware of my spirituality. I didn't know so many others had the same experience!
  12. I have had a crisis of faith recently and have so many questions I don't even know where to start, so this may be a bit rantie/convoluted. I know that PC is inclusive to other faiths and belief systems, would anyone mind sharing how they believe this works? Do you believe there is one God over several others, or that there are other equal gods for different religions, or that there is no God? What do you think of the purpose of the Cross, or the Bible period for that matter? I hope this question doesn't offend anyone - It's definitely not meant to - But are you ever afraid that you are "going down the wrong path" so to speak? How did you deal with the fear or worry? How do we explain our faith to other people? Like I said, this was a bit rambling, and I hope none of my questions were rude or anything, I'm just curious and have struggled with these questions for a long time. Any advice or resources would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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