Earlier this month during the “Not Ashamed” conference, hosted in Adelaide by Australian Christian Lobby, Dr Stephen Chavura addressed one of the biggest issues facing Christians today.
According to Dr Chavura, recent LGBTQ issues, such as same-sex marriage and transgenderism, signify a cultural shift that has taken place over the past 50 years. Attitudes towards Christianity have changed. The critique is no longer that Christianity is irrational, but that it is harmful to people’s mental health, and the LGBTQ “community”, in particular.
“This is the shift that we’re seeing happening right now,” Dr Chavura said. “That is the argument that Christians, that clergy, and that churches need really to start thinking hard about.”
So, is there any basis to the claim that Christianity is harmful to people’s mental health?