Religion and self esteem

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Religion and self esteem
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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 12:23pm

I was reading through some of the topics and got to wondering, does your religion or relgious beliefs affect your self esteem in any way? How?

Karla
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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 8:11am

not personally, but what bothers me about most modern religions is their treatment of women as 2nd-class citizens. i can't believe that people would just accept that sort of thing.

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 9:50am

I agree with happy.pants --- organized religion seems to me to be aimed at decreasing one's self-esteem, which may be why I don't really follow any specific religious denomination.

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Tue, 11-09-2010 - 2:36pm

That's a hard question! Fortunately, there are denominations that do hold women in high esteem and treat them as equals in all parts of the church. I am glad to be a part of one. I think it does affect my self-esteem in that I feel appreciated and worthy. I believe in unconditional love, including God's love, and when I am loved in that way, I feel like a

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Wed, 11-10-2010 - 8:08pm

Nope. I am not practicing at all.

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Sun, 02-06-2011 - 10:10am

I will quote a book entitled "Shantung Compound" by Langdon Gilkey.

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Sun, 02-06-2011 - 10:28am

People refer to "self surrender" in order to love God, but what it refers to, in my mind, is to think freely without limitations and allow yourself to love without losing yourself in the process.

I will again quote this book, "Shantung Compound", which is sectioned under Philosophy/Religion in book stores or libraries.

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Sun, 02-06-2011 - 10:39am

The book does discuss the "meaning of history", dependable social orders and creative freedom.

"The nuclear strength that had been the very basis of American security rapidly became the prime symbol of a new insecurity."

"America and the West faced a totally new situation.

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Sun, 02-06-2011 - 10:57am

"Out of this new awareness of the relativity of all things human in history has arisen the question of a larger meaning in history as a whole."

"I had often heard secular philosophers ask with some impatience, 'Is there a legitimate question about the meaning of history?