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.
|Publisher:||Wood Lake Publishing Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x (d)|
About 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.
Table of Contents
|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|