Theological Stress Disorder: 5 Common Triggers

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  1. I think I suffer from some form of TSD, but the triggers and responses aren’t the same (I don’t fall asleep for one thing). Reading my blog will tell you what my triggers are, and my symptoms vacillate between fighting back (by blogging) and wanting to throw my hands up in the air and forget about all this “religion” nonsense. Not that I’d give up my faith, but I’m sometimes tempted to just shut everything down, blogging, community, the lot of it, and become a self-contained silo. That has obvious pitfalls, but a few advantages, I must admit.

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    1. Yes, I’ve seen your symptoms manifest that way James. Perhaps, if enough of us band together and put TSD on the map, we can get you some therapy, and you could learn new ways to handle your theological stress outbursts? Start backcombing maybe? :-)

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  2. Reblogged this on Unveiling Hope and commented:
    There is not much I can add to this. I too fidget … eye roll … and as for the sarcasm … she’s far better than I; I often fail to “tame” my tongue.

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  3. Extremely well said. Thanks for taking the time to write this post. I reblogged … it can’t be said anymore succinctly than how you shared it. This is one disorder I’m actually not embarrassed to say I have! :)

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  4. Entertaining all the way through . Fav line: if Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law no one else could either

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  5. O my goodness (That’s Gentile for “oy”). I see great potential here for a 1-hour HBO stand-up feature event. Good humor is always rooted in truth. Ya gotta good schtick, here, Ruth… and now, you’ve got three “gets” to get: 1) two copyrights: ‘Theological Stress Syndrome’ AND ‘Historic Connectile Dysfunction’. (Let’s face it, Toxic Shock Syndrome is all-washed-up, a has-been, who would miss it? and 2) a good Jewish lawyer to build a hedge around the copyrights (and to protect you from certain over-saturated television drugs from being associated with ‘Historic Connectile Dysfunction’ :)).

    But seriously, we’re all suffering from all of this, plus, at least in my case, some measure of PTSD while recovering from the transition involved in moving from mainstream Christianity – Protestant or Catholic – to a “Messianic” or “Jewish-rooted” perspective. Post Traumatic Church Disorder, perhaps.

    Maybe what we really need is a tailor-made form of support group, which, I think, has somewhat taken shape in and around blogs like yours and James’. A place where we “in-betweeners” can meet and share and spew and kvetch to our heart’s delight. (and support and affirm and pray, of course, as well).

    @James: don’t quit… but if you do, we might consider pulling together a comedic vaudeville troupe that takes this message on the road and out to the world to hit right where it hurts the most: right in the laugh-er. Imagine, there might be an HBO special in our future afterall. Or, if word of it gets on-high, say, to Peter at the “pearly gates,” it may actually not only hasten, but hyper-accelerate, the coming of Messiah…

    Hey, last week a columnist at Jewish Journal suggested replacing Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman with Jerry Seinfeld. He makes the point that humor is a valuable and powerful, indispensable tool in the fight against, well, anything. It certainly does help the medicine go down.

    So, thanks for providing this space for some well-needed smiling and therapeutic kvetching, Ruth. It made my day… Funny AND true to form…

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    1. “Gentile for oy” and “Post Traumatic Church Disorder, perhaps.”?

      Oh Dan, “I’m dyin’ over here…” I LOVE this, it is the BEST EVER!!!

      “Maybe what we really need is a tailor-made form of support group, which, I think, has somewhat taken shape in and around blogs like yours and James’. A place where we “in-betweeners” can meet and share and spew and kvetch to our heart’s delight. (and support and affirm and pray, of course, as well).”

      YES! And what are the chances of getting it recognized and covered as a legit disorder? I’d like to see a commercial about it on TV someday, to call out all our ‘homies’.

      “@James: don’t quit… but if you do, we might consider pulling together a comedic vaudeville troupe that takes this message on the road and out to the world to hit right where it hurts the most: right in the laugh-er.”

      Yes, we gotta “go on the road”, as you say… we’ll launch a “reverse” crusade throughout the Church, kicken’ a#$ and taking names with love, humor, and lot’s of patience, dear Lord we will need lots of patience! ;-)

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  6. Love, love, love-lots of crickets on my end when I try to explain the Jewishness of all of the Scriptures; no one I know wants to know and relearn as I have…..

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  7. So this morning I’m teaching my class of 30-somethings from John 13 and juxtaposing a triclinium with Leonardo’s masterpiece, so that they have a true 1st century picture of the last supper table. This was partly to show how Jesus was able to wash his disciple’s feet.

    After class my 6 yr old granddaughter was telling us what she had learned this morning … that Jesus was trying to go under the table to wash Peter’s feet.

    … and miles to go before I sleep.

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