Faith is a difficult artwork: On God, depression, and anxiety

“Faith is a difficult artwork: continually giving, ever unfinished. Might it not then better serve our battered selves (and our threatened earth) to imagine religion as something other than an avatar of shame or opiate against death? We might recall Tillich’s concern for the ‘courage to be,’ ‘the power of creating beyond oneself without losing oneself,’ to ‘enter into the fullness of life.’ Doctrinaire reductions of religion to neurotic symptoms are silly and unhelpful. It must never again be said that God wills you or me to suffer depression and anxiety.”

-Charles Marsh, “Evangelical Anxiety,” Killing the Buddha, September 27, 2017. Read the full article.

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