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This is strong and alarming stuff indeed, but Minor makes his case so cogently that it is hard to argue otherwise. Fortunately, he leaves us with some hope.... His thinking is brilliant, and his clear, fluid prose a pleasure to digest. --Fred Schloemer, Ed.D, The Word, June 2008

This is strong and alarming stuff indeed, but Minor makes his case so cogently that it is hard to argue otherwise. Fortunately, he leaves us with some hope.... His thinking is brilliant, and his clear, fluid prose a pleasure to digest. --Fred Schloemer, Ed.D, The Word, June 2008

This is strong and alarming stuff indeed, but Minor makes his case so cogently that it is hard to argue otherwise. Fortunately, he leaves us with some hope.... His thinking is brilliant, and his clear, fluid prose a pleasure to digest. --Fred Schloemer, Ed.D, The Word, June 2008

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From When RELIGION is an ADDICTION -- The religious right-wing is on a bender, and their current drink is political. *** John Bradshaw describes the "high" someone gets from feeling righteous as similar to the high of cocaine. *** There's a recognizable difference between addictive and non-addictive religion. *** Crucial is the conservative Christian teaching that people are basically so evil and lost that they deserve eternal, unimaginably abusive punishment from someone they are told is really a loving heavenly Father. *** Religious addicts blame God for their beliefs and activities. That eliminates personal responsibility for the addiction and its results. *** Addictive religion is often used to cover sexual addiction. *** The old "nice" liberal response that's been tried again and again hasn't worked. *** Remove the addict and the addiction from the driver's seat in our society and lives, through non-codependent, non-co-addictive strategies.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: HumanityWorks! (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970958129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970958129
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Craddock on April 10, 2008
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Religious beliefs can serve as an important function in our lives and many people have an intense faith that inspires them to serve their individual beliefs with an expression of fervor. But, ever since I've personally experienced some very shocking and depraved religious "mob " type behavior, in my own family and community, that I've also observed taking place so prominently across the country, I've been searching for answers to understand this troubling conduct and how to deal with it.

Not only does Dr Minor give tips on how to manage around this disorder, but he very clearly explains how so many churches have actually inspired this atmosphere by turning from the traditional gathering places, that used to inspire the parishioners into moral behavior that would honor God, into places that now inspire the parishioners to honor and satisfy their own self absorbed ambitions and to serve themselves with prestige, position, power and money. Dr Minor describes these churches as "Opium Dens" that are using flashy technology to spew out audio and visual messages to heighten an "addictive high" experience because a "high"of righteousness can deliver a feeling of superiority and safety.

Performing and communicating religiously can be a very admirable thing because religion is mostly viewed as representing goodness, love, kindness, joy, peace, and love - with a promise of an elevated afterlife. That's why it is so easy, for emotionally wounded people, to hijack and then use religion as a convenient and attractive charade. It's a proven fact that nothing can anesthetize and cover up toxic shame and fear better than religion. Not only have we seen countless examples of religious and political leaders....
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First, I'd like to note that I've talked to many, many people who judge this topic before reading about it.

Not in a bad way necessarily - folks might giggle at the thought of their sister/brother/cousin, etc., who is a religious fanatic. Or, folks might scoff at the concept of religion as addiction, thinking that the author is being hyperbolic, or exaggerating a metaphor.

But this is not at all the case. In this book, the author quotes a variety of experts & demonstrates that brain physiology, social function, etc., of some religious activities can parallel other addictions such as drugs and alcohol. This is the "high" of self-righteousness.

If you're unfamiliar with this concept (called "process" addictions), you might want to take a look at some of his sources. The most accessable readings include: When Society Becomes an Addict, The Addictive Organization: Why We Overwork, Cover Up, Pick Up the Pieces, Please the Boss, and Perpetuate S, Escape from Intimacy: Untangling the ``Love'' Addictions: Sex, Romance, Relationships, & Incest and Sexual Addiction.

But the main point of this book is not really to explain the addiction - it's to point out how many of us *enable* the addiction. We might excuse it, deny it, scoff at it, overlook it, defend it... and maybe the most popular response, we try to be nice & get along with them.
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I just finished this book and I have to say that it puts my own thoughts and suspicions into words. It makes so much sense when you think of the Christians who are so obsessed with being right, and condemning anyone who disagrees with them as wrong or evil. These people show all of the signs of addiction with their delusional thinking, their lack of responsibility for their own inner conflicts, and their need for more pronounced "highs" , like all addictions require. I suspect that many millions of conservative Christians fit this category although many other millions are not too far down that path to be rationally convince of the truth, and that being that there are different ways of interpreting the Bible and Jesus. I have always struggled with what to do with people who embrace addictions to distract them from their own inner conflicts. This book gives very valuable information on how to live with these people and not buy into, or support their addiction.
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In my Family Therapy practice here in the Bible Belt, every day I see people who are addicted to religion, This book is a great resource for helping them to overcome this addiction.
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