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Nigel Bovey talked to her about faith, delusion, wellbeing and her own journey as a Christian. Joanna Collicutt: I studied experimental psychology at Oxford and then became a clinical psychologist. As a clinician, I specialised in neuropsychology, working with the rehabilitation of people who had brain injury as a result of a stroke or an accident. In an increasingly Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing III society, there is concern about the difficulties of dementia.
Can eating a correct diet or doing puzzles help stave off the onset of dementia? It's always good to keep your brain active. The other thing — even for somebody with dementia — is to keep your social life going. There's something about stimulation and having meaning in life that just seems to help people resist the progress of the disease. The way that we normally understand faith seems to get lost. A lot of the experience and expression of faith is through memory.
The Old Testament, for example, is full of remembering what God did through the Passover. Part of being human is being able to tell your story, including your faith story, to yourself and to others.
If you have the kind of dementia that takes away memory, then a lot of this is then taken from you. So, in one sense, as dementia advances, people's faith does crumble. But in another sense, faith is not about our memory but about how God remembers us. God does not forget us. Maybe it's a case that rather than being a shell Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing III who they used to be, a person with dementia experiences a new kind of relationship with God.
Generally, people of faith are physically and psychologically healthier than people of no faith. But the reason isn't necessarily specific to it being about God. There Cha Cha Mambo - Dot Evans & The Brute Force Steel Band* - Beauty And The Brute Force, for instance, evidence that atheists who behave like religious people — having a good social support group and a purpose and meaning to life — also seem to do rather better health-wise.
Those members of faith groups that require their members not to get drunk, not to smoke and not to indulge in sexual promiscuity also live more healthily. Those are good lifestyle choices. A delusion is holding a belief that is contradicted by evidence. The Christian view of a God of love is challenged by evidence but not contradicted. The randomness of suffering, for example, ought to cause us to think; but things such as the theory of evolution or particle physics are not the slightest bit inconsistent with the existence of God.
If we interpret suffering as part of some wonderful divine plan then we probably are deluded. To me, the mark of a real faith is where we admit there is an apparent problem and then set about working out how it might be consistent with the God revealed in Jesus. Wrestling with tough issues is part of the Christian life.
So when a bereaved parishioner asks you as their priest: 'Why has God done this to me? My response will depend on the situation, but it would be along the lines of: 'I don't know but I'm with you in the I-don't-know-ness.
Then he appears and says, 'I am here'. The important thing is that in the grief and bewilderment, Jesus turns up. In such Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing IIIthe question 'why? It is driven by a belief that the universe ought to be just and fair. It is people's way of asking: 'If I am suffering, am I still loved? Religion is a Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing III cultural force with many benefits.
It gives us stability, identity, cohesion and moral values. It enables us to articulate things through ritual that are beyond words. But because of its power, it is open and vulnerable to misuse. Historically, when religion becomes negative and repressive something seems to happen within its moral framework that renews it.
But if you're experiencing it at the low point in this process, before the renewal has kicked in, it can be deeply destructive. Essentially faith in Jesus is about a relationship Relationship and religion are two very different things.
Religion can give a strong sense of in-group identity. The downside is that it can also identify outsiders and has the potential, when a group feels threatened, for hostility towards outsiders. A general human weakness is that we are not good at giving ourselves an identity without pointing out how we are different from others.
Again, in Christian terms, it is about knowing people by their fruits, rather than by what they claim. Hostility towards outsiders is not of God. Central to Christ's character is repudiation of hostility to those who are different — the 'love your enemy' idea. This then is the mark of true Christianity. Essentially faith in Jesus is about a relationship. Whereas the biblical sense of faith is to meet Christ and respond in trust to him, the word is now just another way of saying 'religion'.
Are there different psychological triggers between men and women to spiritual things? There are masculine and feminine ways of responding to, or expressing, faith, which don't relate in a simple way to Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing III and female. Some men Wenn Der Sommer Kommt - Various - Wenn Der Sommer Kommt more feminine than some women.
But typically, for instance, men have a need to be on their own or together with other men to the exclusion of women. Women are who they are because they hang out with people of both sexes and they want to connect. That plays out in how people experience faith. Men, for example, often engage in a 'who's in charge? They are more open.
They're less formed. They're less stuck. As a child, you can see possibilities, but as an adult, choices are limited. A child is trusting. They say things as they are and are impulsive. They don't have as much baggage. Being spiritually receptive is not foolishness on their part; it is what children are like. So when the likes of Richard Dawkins says that teaching a child about God is equivalent of child abuse, he's totally wrong? Yes, absolutely off the wall.
You can't make a child believe something that isn't plausible to them. They are not stupid. They are not pots into which you can simply pour ideas. They're perfectly capable of reading what you're saying. They can pick up what is real and what is not. Telling a child that they are not good enough, that God doesn't love them and that they're going to burn in Hell is abuse, but that's not Christianity. It can equally be argued that not giving a child their right to their Christian cultural heritage and the story and wisdom of many years is abuse.
Travelling In Faith - Various - Music For Wellbeing III message of the gospel is that we are loved, and that's a good message for any child to hear. Growing up as a child, I had a faith in Christ but when I was about nine or ten, I decided that God didn't exist. I recall asking my teachers why the astronauts hadn't met God.
They didn't have an answer. I started studying chemistry and biology and thought everything could be explained without invoking God. Jesus, to me, was a good man but I didn't believe the miracles. Then, one Sunday when I was 13 I was in church with my mother and something happened to make me rethink. When I was eight I had learnt my times tables up to 12 x 12 for an exam. My father tested me thoroughly and I was faultless. Then he asked what 13 x 13 was. Immediately, I said: 'It doesn't exist.
It was a salutary moment. On a later occasion I was in church when the preacher said that the person who thinks the whole universe can be explained without God is like a child who thinks that 13 x 13 doesn't exist because they haven't learnt their times tables.
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Jesus had moved from being a story to being real. Quite soon after I became a Christian I thought that the natural thing to do Stay - Various - International Pop Overthrow Vol.
17 to become a priest. Then I realised I hadn't seen any women vicars and thought that it was because of where I lived. Then I discovered that women were not allowed to be priests.
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