Is Religious Deconstruction Good for your Mental Health? w/ Dr. Ryan Lambros

Religious Deconstruction

[Episode 123 of The Intentional Clinician Podcast]

Dr. Ryan Lambros and Paul Krauss MA LPC debate if religious deconstruction is beneficial to one’s mental health. Deconstruction is the free act of valuing (evaluating) what was, experiencing what is, and going ahead with a curious posture.

Consider the following: A.The goal of this conversation is not to demolish a faith system. It is not even to deconstruct a religious system. “De” words will not provide comprehensive health care. Rather, the goal is to analyze systems, dogmas, and concepts using our experience and logic. Spiritual wellness requires curiosity and compassion. The goal is to provide people with the freedom, hope, and beauty they need to pursue recovery on their spiritual path. B. Why are so many people abandoning the church and Evangelical Christianity along with it? C. The church no longer controls the narrative. D. Do we currently lack deep and significant spiritual activities in our culture?

Also Discussed: Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Evangelical movement, Power, Money, Control, a partial History of the Church, Sex-Cult, Patriarchy, bibliolatrous behavior, critical thinking, scientific exploration, Spirituality, Healthy Spirituality, Unhealthy spirituality, Gaslighting, Narcissism, Truth, “truth”, Catholic Priest letters from 500 years ago, Jesus, the Book of Enoch, the Gnostic Gospels, the Bible, US Politics, dogma, tithing, religious fundamentalism, capitalism’s influence on the church, purity culture, internal family systems, counseling, therapy, trauma, defense mechanisms, human adaptation, “the self”, integration, healing spirituality, curiosity, compassion, learning from myths, etc.

Dr. Ryan Lambros is a Certified Life Coach and Chaplain in Gilbert, AZ. He is married to Jessica, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and they have two sons.  Ryan completed his doctorate from Northwind Seminary with his doctoral work focusing on the intersection of philosophy and psychology as it pertains to a phenomenological metaphysic of healing.  Ryan is passionate about walking with people in their healing journey, specifically in relationships and religious trauma.


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  • “On this immediate level of life and structure, myths offer life models. But the models have to be appropriate to the time in which you are living, and our time has changed so fast that what was proper fifty years ago is not proper today. The virtues of the past are the vices of today. And many of what were thought to be the vices of the past are the necessities of today. The moral order has to catch up with the moral necessities of actual life in time, here and now. And that is what we are not doing. The old-time religion belongs to another age, another people, another set of human values, another universe. By going back you throw yourself out of sync with history. Our kids lose their faith in the religions that were taught to them, and they go inside.”- Joseph Campbell

Myth is powerful not just because it holds value in its literal-ness (which it may), but because it transcends the literal facts as well – offering us something more valuable than truth…beauty. -Dr. Ryan Lambros

Paul Krauss MA LPC is the Clinical Director of Health for Life Counseling Grand Rapids, home of The Trauma-Informed Counseling Center of Grand Rapids. Paul is also a Private Practice Psychotherapist, an Approved EMDRIA Consultant , host of the Intentional Clinician podcast, Behavioral Health Consultant, Clinical Trainer, and Counseling Supervisor. Paul is now offering consulting for a few individuals and organizations. Paul is the creator of the National Violence Prevention Hotline (in progress) as well as the Intentional Clinician Training Program for Counselors. Paul has been quoted in the Washington Post, NBC News, Wired Magazine, and Counseling Today. Questions? Call the office at 616-200-4433.

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Original Music:

”Alright” from the forthcoming album Mystic by PAWL (Spotify)

“Summer Dream” from Rolling Golden Holy by Bonny Light Horseman (Spotify)

“Beware of Darkness” from All Things Must Pass by George Harrison (Spotify)

“May Increase” from Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase? by The Soft Pink Truth (Spotify)

“Souvlaki Space Station” from Souvlaki by Slowdive (Spotify)

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