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Religion, spirituality, and posttraumatic growth

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  • Bob Schacht
    Professor Ludemann in his seminar spent some time on the psychology of the disciples response to Jesus crucifixion (Resurrection of Christ, Chapter 4).
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      Professor Ludemann in his seminar spent some time on the psychology of the
      disciples' response to Jesus' crucifixion (Resurrection of Christ, Chapter
      4). Whereas Stevan Davies has traced the origin of Christianity to
      possession experiences of Jesus, Ludemann traces it to the visionary
      experiences of Peter and Paul. Ludemann describes this as "self-deception,"
      and seems to regard it as pathological, although I can't find a precise quote.

      Whether delusional or not, clearly the state of mind of the followers of
      Jesus affected how the facts of Jesus' life, death and aftermath were
      transmitted, amplified, or augmented, which has had a major influence on
      how Christianity emerged in history. In that regard, the following article
      might be of interest:

      Mental Health, Religion & Culture
      Publisher: Brunner-Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group
      Issue: Volume 8, Number 1 / March 2005
      Pages: 1 - 11

      Religion, spirituality, and posttraumatic growth: a systematic review

      Annick Shaw , Stephen Joseph , P. Alex Linley

      University of Warwick Coventry UK


      A search of the published literature identified 11 empirical studies that
      reported links between religion, spirituality, and posttraumatic growth. A
      review of these 11 studies produced three main findings. First, these
      studies show that religion and spirituality are usually, although not
      always, beneficial to people in dealing with the aftermath of trauma.
      Second, that traumatic experiences can lead to a deepening of religion or
      spirituality. Third, that positive religious coping, religious openness,
      readiness to face existential questions, religious participation, and
      intrinsic religiousness are typically associated with posttraumatic growth.
      Important directions for future research are suggested that centre on the
      need for more fine-grained analysis of religion and spirituality variables,
      together with longitudinal research designs, that allow more detailed
      exploration of the links between religion, spirituality, and posttraumatic

      Perhaps one of our British colleagues can find a copy of this, and assess
      its possible relevance?


      Robert M. Schacht, Ph.D.
      Northern Arizona University
      Flagstaff, AZ

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