Religious Abuse: A Pastor Explores the Many Ways Religion Can Hurt as Well as Heal

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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 ...
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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896836478
  • Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,479,221
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author


KEITH WRIGHT served as pastor for forty years in the Presbyterian Church. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Austin Presbyterian Seminary. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Austin Seminary in 1992. Since his retirement in 1993, Dr. Wright has served three churches as an interim associate pastor.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Preface 13
1 Recognizing Religious Abuse 17
2 Everyday Encounters with Abuse 37
3 Two Subtle Forms of Abuse 47
4 Religion and Abuse of Children 61
5 Religion and Abuse of Women 83
6 The Ultimate Form of Abuse 95
7 The Abuse of Clergy 105
8 The Theological Roots of Abuse 131
9 When Abuse Forces You to Leave 147
10 Moving beyond Despair 161
Postscript 179
Endnotes 181
Suggested Reading 185
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