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Trauma of Religion

Mark Tully considers the drawbacks of an overly strict religious upbringing. What are the pressures on those who stay within dogmatic religions in later life?

Mark Tully considers the drawbacks of an overly strict religious upbringing. What are the pressures on those who stay within dogmatic religions in later life?

While acknowledging the potential for good in religions, the programme includes accounts from those who feel traumatised by childhoods in which freedom of thought was restricted, and those who have carried a sense of unworthiness into later life.

Mark also identifies the narrow line religious parents have to tread between encouraging children to share their faith and imposing it upon them.

But for all that a religious upbringing can traumatise, Mark also recognises the great loss that can be felt when escaping a past which engendered not just fear, guilt and a sense of shame, but provided an early source of meaning, connection and strength.

A Unique Broadcasting Company production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 14 Jun 2015 23:30

Music Played

  • Andrew Norman

    Level 1

    Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
    • Boston Modern Orchestra Project.
    • BMOP/sound.
  • Mahalia Jackson

    I Found The Answer

    • I Found the Answer: Mahalia Jackson Sings Gospel Greats.
    • Fourmatt Music.
  • Anthony Burgess

    Recorder Sonata: II Andante Lugubre

    Performer: John Turner.
    • Anthony Burgess: The Man and His Music.
    • Metier.
  • Leonard Cohen

    Story of Isaac

    • Songs From A Room.
    • Columbia.
  • Donna Murphy

    Mother Knows Best

    • Disney’s Tangled Soundtrack.
    • Warner.
  • Neeme Järvi

    Arvo Part - Credo

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Collage.
    • Chandos.

Readings

Title: Thou Shalt Not: Treating Religious Trauma and Spiritual Harm with Combined Therapy 

Author: Alyson. M. Stone

Publisher: Group 


Title: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man  

Author: James Joyce    

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions 


Title: The Offering   

Author: Grace McCleen 

Publisher: Sceptre 


Title: The Imam’s Friday Sermon  

Author: A.M. Budzisz 

Publisher: Janus  


Title: Prophets in Keds, Under Seige

Author: Imtiaz Dharker 

Publisher: Bloodaxe Books in Postcards from God 

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