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Religious abuse : a pastor explores the many ways religion can hurt as well as heal
Wright, Keith, 1931-
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Kelowna, B.C. : Northstone, [2001]

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188 pages ; 23 cm
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BV4597.53.C62 W74 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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As a pastor with 40 years of experience, Keith Wright came to realize that a dichotomy exists within the walls of many churches. While many churchgoers find the environment wonderfully embracing and supportive, the fact is that religion can offer both a positive and a negative experience. Religious abuse affects millions of church members and church leaders in every denomination. It can be blatant, but it can also be extremely subtle and unintentional. Keith Wright believes that only when we recognize and acknowledge the problem can we work toward positive change that allows us to truly benefit from the good. Individuals, church leaders, Christian educators, sociologists, psychologists and other counselors who have experienced or witnessed the results of religious abuse will find the personal stories in this book revealing and enlightening.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 13
1 Recognizing Religious Abusep. 17
2 Everyday Encounters with Abusep. 37
3 Two Subtle Forms of Abusep. 47
4 Religion and Abuse of Childrenp. 61
5 Religion and Abuse of Womenp. 83
6 The Ultimate Form of Abusep. 95
7 The Abuse of Clergyp. 105
8 The Theological Roots of Abusep. 131
9 When Abuse Forces You to Leavep. 147
10 Moving beyond Despairp. 161
Postscriptp. 179
Endnotesp. 181
Suggested Readingp. 185