This blog originally founded by Blogger who holds a theological degree and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Taught Psychology for 32 years and is now Professor Emeritus. Is a board-certified psychologist and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in his profession. Ministered as a chaplain, and pastored Baptist and Episcopal churches. Publications cover the integration of psychology and theology. Served in the Army, the Merchant Marines and the Peace Corps.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Christmas and Atheists
But I know there are people out there who are going to be freaking out this year. They thought they would never have to hear words like Christmas and Jesus in public again.
I have a psychological theory about why those words so provoke them.
First, let my give an analogy. During WW II Germans rained thousands of bombs on London. Some never exploded and buried into the ground. After the war, roads were built over them. Unfortunately, every time a truck drove over them, the jiggling began a triggering which finally resulted in the bomb exploding.
My theory about why Atheists had such irrational reactions to the words of Christmas is the words jiggle something buried. Somewhere back there they decided to put six feet under, the emotional answer to an essential question. Is there a Supreme Being Whom I must deal with?
They rid themselves of discomfort by deciding "No. There is not." They thought they had solved their problem once and for all. However, at Christmas time, those damn trucks keep jiggling.
Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells