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Your Religious Issues and Your Psychology

December 21, 2010

So, are you tracking with me on the fact that our allegiances, our specific beliefs, as well as our doubts and “problems” with our own or others’ religion is based largely on our own psychology?… Based on our social and emotional issues and such more than on the merits (or lack thereof) of the beliefs themselves?

Of course, we usually think this is true of other people but not us.  Trouble is, that is probably another example of our built in, and perhaps necessary, “self-serving bias.”  O.k., you may be an exception–there are a few.  If so, tell us a bit about your process of rationally testing your beliefs, or those suggested to you.  How did you consciously choose to reject, accept or modify them based on what you found?  (Not that they are yet set in concrete–hopefully!)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    December 26, 2010 1:07 am

    Hi, I am from Australia.

    These two references give a unique Understanding of the naive, essentially childish mommy-daddy psychology which is at the root of conventional religiosity.

    http://www.aboutadidam.org/readings/parental_deity/index.html

    http://www.adidam.org/teaching/aletheon/truth-religion.aspx

    • Howard Pepper permalink
      December 29, 2010 5:38 pm

      John,

      Thanks for those referrals. I’ve only had a chance to read the article at the first link, and found it in near-perfect alignment with my own understanding. I’d like to say I could have written it myself, but that’s presuming I could have been as clear and good with wording, etc. Very well-stated piece.

      Now, most of my blog posts do not “go there” fully, as I’m trying to create and broaden bridges with people who are still in the more child/adolescent stages of their view of God and the role of God and religion in their lives. One has to be very polite, gradual with some people (and direct, to-the-point with others) to keep them listening… gradually raising their points of curiosity and clearer perception.

      In fact, I believe a real key to societal progress is better, deeper understanding of how we progress, most of us through fairly definable steps, and use of that knowledge to inform and gently challenge each other in our religious/spiritual dialogs, etc. For example, some of the traditional Christians I know ARE in movement, honestly seeking a more mature perspective and set of behaviors such as described in that article. And some are making “quantum leaps.” I think we will see more and more of this in months and years to come.

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