As a new member I want to start a discussion about my field of interest
and I want to give you all some background info of the work I do and
it's ethics and morals I have to deal with as an atheist working with
Christian social workers and Christian institutions.
As you can see in my profile, I am a social worker. I work with mental
deceased cooping with a drug addiction. A.k.a clients
with double-diagnoses. In my field of work I stumble on a lot of
Christian morals like the 12 step program and so on. As a social worker
in Netherlands (and I think all all around the world) I have to work
with Christian institutions. I work for a non-Christian institution
'cause I am against the morals of Christian institutions. It feels like I
have to work with a double agenda. I want to cure the client and still
leave him or her with the freedom to make choice. ("I shall not judge.")
In my education I have done, I had to learn about the history of social
work and the development of the social healthcare. In the history of
social work and the development of the social healthcare, Christian
religion has a great part of the history. The Christian religion party's
(catholic ...and its further ...) arrange the first real health care. Through
the history of social work and the development of the social healthcare
the Christian religion party's change there morals several times. This,
because of the changing morals of it's leaders and the shifting morals
of society's and the new views of the world through the discovery's made
In the beginning of 1900 in Austria and France Sigmund Freud took the
first steps to understand the human mind with a non medical approach.
The psycho-analysis. It was unorthodox an the work of the devil,
through the eyes of Christians. It's not done to reveal the soul of the
man. His thinking, his sinning and his connection to God. In other
words, It's stands between man and God.
In the years after Freud's approach and findings to understand the
behaviour of mankind and the working of it's brain the psychology made
many different approaches to the human mind. Like Systematic theoretic
approach, Behaviourism and so on.
Now a days the discussion is heated by new findings of a Dutch scientist Ron de Kloet
) of causes of stress
in the human brain and it's resistance to stress that it is possible to
cure mental deceased with a drug addiction (double diagnoses) with
medication including the hormone cortisol. Stress is the number one
cause of getting an addiction because it affects a persons cooping level
against problems and so on.
The Christian side of the social healthcare is furious to the use of
medicine who effects the brain on molecular levels. It changes the
gene's and make man non-God made, they say. (Not proven anyway...)
I believe like the finding of the psycho-analysis of Freud more than
hundred years ago that this medicine will be used by Christian
institutions about ten till fifteen years. It's the same way Christians
adopted the car and adopted the revealing that the world is round.
What are Christian morals and ethics when they sail on the waves of
science? What does it say to non-believers? I don't want to judge cause it's not my war they fight...
Please share your opinion...
Wesley van der Linden
p.s. Please take note that my English is not my mother language...