"God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages." - Jacques Deval

What happens when a person’s coming of age and coming of conscience develop within the context of religious and spiritual abuse and neglect? What is religious and spiritual abuse and neglect? How does a person learn to break free from the deeply internalized fear and shame born of such an upbringing to claim spiritual independence and a more authentic spiritual life? We shine light on the dark side of religious experiences to help people identify and heal the spiritual wounds from this kind of coming of age and coming of conscience so they can heal and live spiritually abundant lives. Want to learn more? Listen to The Incarcerated Christian Podcast.

The term “The Incarcerated Christian” is intended to convey a religious coming of age and coming of conscience that is analogous to imprisonment. Some Christians grow up in metaphorical religious cages that are confining, controlling, and/or cruel. Such an upbringing denies a person’s humanity. The more constrained, controlling, or cruel the experience, the deeper the wounding. The deeper the wounding, the more difficult the healing — if healing is achieved at all.

The good news: While fear can keep people locked in a religious prison, inner courage and loving guides can help release them so they can live in spiritual abundance and wellbeing.

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Description: What happens when a person’s coming of age and coming of conscience develop within the context of religious and spiritual abuse and neglect? How do they learn to break free from fear and shame to claim spiritual independence and a more authentic spiritual life? How does a community? The Incarcerated Christian Podcast shines a light on the dark side of religious experiences through bi-weekly discussions with survivors and thought leaders. Whether you’re in the process of deconstructing religious beliefs, are curious about Christianity’s hold on American politics, or thought this was a podcast for Christians in literal lock up, welcome! New podcasts post on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. 

You’re listening to The Incarcerated Christian Podcast, where we shine light on the dark side of Christianity and how it affects people and communities. We’ll be covering a variety of topics, from individual survivor stories (including our own) to the influence of religion on our national politics. To learn more about the podcast, visit theincarceratedchristian.com or connect with us on TikTok and Instagram (@theincarceratedchristian) and on Twitter (@TIC_podcast_). Now on to the show!

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