Crossroad Nugget

At least 90% of bad doctrine, practice and theology is reaction to bad doctrine, practice and theology. Unfortunately, the “cure” is usually worse than the diagnosis, and so it just gets weirder and weirder…

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  1. That’s true, unfortunately. When a brain goes into defense mode interesting things happen to it. It shuts off to everything except the threat and the means to survive it. This unbelievable focus in high stress situations has been examined by scholars such as David Klinger who gained popular renown for his interviews with cops in the Bronx. The downside of this fascinating human survival mechanism is that it operates at the expense of other bodily functions, and so people in such situations tend to do strange things (think bowel mechanisms). The body regards such vital functions as irrelevant when compared to cheating death, and so it happily redirects blood to the brain for enabling the focus necessary for survival.

    Needless to say, when the brain is exposed to such threats over a prolonged period, its view of reality is distorted. Part of PTSD is the difficulty of seeing a view of the world that is bigger and better than the one that had only the enemy in it. This is why victims of so-called “combat neurosis” dive under the table and pull out a gun when a balloon pops at their child’s party.

    Sorry, I’m rambling, but I find the mechanics associated with defense and survival extremely insightful for making sense of theologies that are reduced to counter-images of the heresies they try and destroy, only to become new heresies as a result of their one-sided emphasis.


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