In October 2015 I first presented a 45-minute address to a religious audience entitled Guilt, Shame & the Atonement. I have since received a few requests for a written version of that presentation and will attempt to provide that on this blog through a series of blog posts. I anticipate that it will take approximately six posts to present the information in a way that is clear and digestible.
This series of posts will reflect a different voice and direction for this blog. In the past I have intentionally sought to avoid referencing overtly religious material. This was largely motivated by a desire for my blog to be more widely applicable. The choice to avoid religious references was also influenced by my desire to maintain a professional presence lest I am ever googled by clients. However, I feel at peace about my choice to now incorporate spiritual and religious influences and references into these next several posts.
I consider my spirituality and my love of Jesus Christ, His Gospel, and of holy scripture to be central to who I am, what I believe, and how I make sense of the world. In my quest for understanding truth and the change process, I am influenced by both scholarly and divine sources of knowledge in addition to lived experience. I believe that my voice will be more authentic and that the information I share will be more enlightening as I free myself to use these multiple epistemologies.
Within the next week, look forward to my first post in this series in which I will attempt to differentiate the concepts of guilt and shame. And hopefully, in the process, I can also invite an increase of both assurance and hope.