Can Willpower, Orthodoxy, or Shame Defeat Addiction?

Why orthodoxy does addicts little or no good. 

Gracearchy with Jim Babka was conceived as a show about my faith. It’s the foundation of my voluntaryism and the animation for my post-statist activity.

And, in my humble view, experiencing God should lead to voluntaryism.

The ignored pathway is Grace. Tolerance is good; forgiveness is better. But the world could be transformed by “undeserved favor” for persons who have done things we have trouble understanding.

On that note, Gracearchy kicks off a series that is more theology than ideology.

We sat down with Dave Brisbin. He’s pastor at “theeffect” – a church founded by and for people in recovery from addiction.

We recorded four episodes with Pastor Dave in mid-May. Bill and I usually use Zoom-like technology. These interviews were in person. We had three mics and five different cameras at work. Unfortunately, we had severe audio and video difficulties that threatened our ability to release these episodes.

But the content was too good, so Bill invested Herculean efforts in repairing them. Still, you might notice some anomalies.

And what do we mean by “too good?”

Think of your friends. Believers who are dissatisfied with organized religion will find a home on Gracearchy. Remember, we’re paving a pathway of Grace. So, if they become listeners…

They’re likely to become voluntaryists.

The first episode in this series with Dave Brisbin tackles right doctrine (orthodoxy) vs right practice (orthopraxy) as experienced in addiction recovery. Along the way, we discuss…

  • The limits of willpower
  • The church as a hospital
  • The power of grace vs the failure of shame

Most interesting of all, we define sin. Misdefining and misunderstanding this concept has caused a lot of hangups, resentments, and cultural divisions.

Best of all, we do all of this in just 23 minutes!

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ZAP The State and have a nice day,

Jim Babka
Host, Gracearchy with Jim Babka
Co-creator, Zero Aggression Project

Gracearchy is hosted by Zero Aggression Project’s co-founder, Jim Babka, but the views expressed in the show are not necessarily those of the board, staff, or supporters of the Zero Aggression Project (Downsize DC Foundation).

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