Episode 70 | Hope in an Age of Anxiety

Hope in an Age of Anxiety with Curtis Chang and Curt Thompson

We are in an anxious age. By some estimates, a third of all Americans will struggle with anxiety in their lives, and nearly 20% currently suffer from an anxiety disorder. For those suffering the mental distortions of anxiety, life can be difficult, and hope elusive. And for many Christians who have tried and failed to stop their slide into fear and worry by simply “laying down their burdens,” they may feel an added sense of spiritual failure as well.

We’re joined on our podcast by psychiatrist Curt Thopmson and theologian Curtis Chang who help us explore a counterintuitive approach to understanding our anxiety:

I believe the Bible and Jesus’s own life invites us to treat [anxiety] not as a problem to make go away, but precisely as a signal. A signal, an invitation, what I call an opportunity, an invitation to walk through anxiety, to actually experience it in the way that actually we were designed to by God for spiritual growth in Jesus, where we actually meet Jesus more deeply, precisely in our anxiety.

This podcast is an edited version of an online conversation recorded in 2023. Watch the full video of the conversation here. Learn more about Curt Thopmson and Curtis Chang.

Authors and books mentioned in the conversation:
The Anxiety Opportunity: How Worry is the Doorway to Your Best Self, by Curtis Chang
The Age of Anxiety, by W.H. Auden
The Anatomy of the Soul, The Soul of Shame, The Soul of Desire, by Curt Thompson
Jonathan Haidt
Richard Schwartz

Related Trinity Forum Readings:
Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl
Wrestling with God, by Simone Weil
Augustine’s Confessions
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
The Long Loneliness, by Dorothy Day

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Healing a Divided Culture with Arthur Brooks
After Babel with Andy Crouch and Johnathan Haidt
How to Know a Person with David Brooks
Trust, Truth, and The Knowledge Crisis with Bonnie Kristian
Hope in an Age of Anxiety with Curtis Chang & Curt Thompson

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