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Should You Try Faith-Based Counseling If You're An Atheist?

This is sponsored content. It helps keep me fed and this blog going. If you'd like to be a sponsored writer with Radical Second Things, please e-mail me at mopowell07@gmail.com. Counseling provides individuals with afflictions the help they need to recover. There is a wide-range of counseling including counseling for addictions such as drugs, alcohol, or sex. There is also counseling for marriages and families. A lot of counseling has at least some form of faith intertwined with it. The counselors are licensed professionals, but can often times revert to either anecdotes or passages that are religious in background but have applications to any situation.
One the other hand, some counseling is completely faith-based. This means that the counseling services provided will have a foundation built in from a spiritual perspective. However, you typically will not find any faith-free counseling services. Yes, there are some that exist but they are few and far between.
So what should you do …

Is Christian Counseling Only For Christians?

This is sponsored content. It helps keep me fed and this blog going. If you'd like to be a sponsored writer with Radical Second Things, please e-mail me at mopowell07@gmail.com. Counseling can help people suffering from a range of afflictions such as depression, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, anxiety, grief, marital issues, and even children issues. This clinical form of therapy aims at recovery and rooting out the problem. Traditional counseling is often seen as a more scientific form of counseling with certified psychologists. This is completely true in that psychology is a form of science. However, it doesn’t mean that non-traditional counseling does not have this scientific approach as well.
Christian counseling, is another form of counseling, with obvious roots in Christianity. While traditional psychological counseling and Christian counseling have their differences, they also share clinical aspects. Christian counselors often share the same psychological certifications a…

The Mind and Allure of the Impossible Woman

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.



Sharon Cretsinger is a great writer and contributor here at Radical Second Things. She has accepted my challenge - to write an article wherein she takes the perspective of a modern man. I have done the opposite here, trying to understand the modern woman and the rage she feels. I can't speak for what Sharon will write but my perspective is still present in this - I have simply tried to synergize it with the viewpoint of the most difficult women.

There's probably been two women in my 20s (and I really c…

Letting Your Heart Out

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.




One of the big things Jen had an influence on me with was how open and honest her website was. Practice of Madness was a full throttle, unapologetic journey in to the mind of a tortured, brilliant woman. I've put together a short adaptation of some of her stuff but I'm not really sure how potent it is - a true adaptation of her stream of consciousness would have to be in coffee table format.

One of the really exhilarating things was her honesty. I was curious about what her relationship with Richard Yv…

"So You Thought You Knew Yourself" by Melissa Eror

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.


“Our hearts incline towards the longing to be someone, something, and then towards the longing not to be, not feel, not to experience” The Island by Ajan Pasanno/Ajan Amaro 2009 Abhayagiri Monastic Foundation

By experiencing these contrary feelings, our very self seems to be something inconsistent and ever changeable, contrary to all description of how the soul is considered to be as the consistent and unchangeable essence of the individual. By experiencing the world through our untrustworthy and …

Power and the Misuse of Love

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.


A little note: This was originally intended as an essay about liberation theology. It became something else. I hope it doesn't seem too rant like. It is a blog post, after all.

I have a religious guru in my life. It's someone I met out of a strained friendship and the friendship we have is unorthodox. I've gone in to churches and church establishments many times in my life and been met with pleasant formalities but never really got the opportunity to trade in the nitty gritty of ecclesiastical debat…

Merton, Eastern Thought and Real Love

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.




I tend to obsess about things and last year, I got a little bit obsessed with Thomas Merton. I went to visit with Gregory Wolfe, a professor at Seattle Pacific University with an enthusiasm for Merton. Late last year, feeling like I knew enough about it to talk about it, I wrote an article about the subject for the Hampton Institute, which was later republished by Truthout.

Merton died a really strange death of electrocution while in Thailand. I'm not an expert on his life or the dynamics of his life but I…

Do you ever feel like you used to be? by Jennifer Lauren Reimer

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.



This poem was in Jen's notebook for a while. I didn't really get started on publishing her stuff until now, probably because I couldn't deal with it. I hope her fans like it. I am also collecting material of hers in to a book - I will likely apply this to it as well. Love you all.

Do you ever feel like you used to be?

2013. The year that I finally had the courage to leave. The year that I finally said goodbye, even though I was the only one that knew, subconsciously that morning at 4:45 AM. My fathe…

May The Mikes Be With You!

A note - Blogging isn't free. Right now I provide gifts to my writers as a way of thanking people for writing. I would like to be able to afford to give them some sort of renumeration, even if it is small, for making this blog what it is. I'm in talks with a friend who may be able to help connect this blog, which has been in existence for one year now, with more religious communities dedicated to interfaith dialogue. Your donation will do a lot toward making that happen.


Hello! Here, of course, is the month question and answer I do with Michael Maiello, a close friend of four years and a contributor to Forbes, Esquire and other publications (some of which he mentions in this installment.)
Questions For Orion

1) We've been bantering on Facebook about Marvel and women.  We've also talked about the topic once before in these dialogues.  There's long been an element of Marvel that is soft core porn for boys.  I don't really think there's anything wrong with that -…

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Michael Orion is a blogger, writer, artist and photographer based in the Bay Area. Besides his maintenance and promotion of Radical Second Things, he contributes to the San Francisco newspaper SF Western Edition, where he writes about local non-profit organizations.

Mark Cappetta is a practicing Catholic and active LGBT activist. He has been instrumental in keeping Radical Second Things and updates the Facebook account almost daily.

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Jordan Denato is a professional artist based out of Iowa. He took the initiative to illustrate both Jennifer Reimer's story and Michael Orion's Oscar Romero work. He has his own art studio, Tar and Feather Studios, and is a critical part of Radical Second Things.

Radical Second Things is a liberation theology themed blog that has clear cut goals - we see the structural decline of the United States and much of the west and hope to present alternatives that will offer "a preferential option for the poor" as more become vulnerable.

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