Abuse can be found in many arenas, but when it is combined with religious positions of power it seems even more insidious. Religion has been used to cover up scandal, to justify bad behavior, to defend the powerful, and to silence the powerless. Clergy sexual abuse, financial exploitation, misogynistic practices, and disregard for community members' welfare have occurred within many different religious traditions.
Patheos writers explore these troubled areas as they emerge into the public light and reflect on causes and consequences.
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Being broken is destruction—yes, it's pain and filth and ugliness and wondering how you'll ever breathe—or believe—again. But a break is also an opportunity.
The more you read, the more you realize how traumatic the church and the spirituality it disseminates can be.
No one wants to revisit a trauma, but it is possible that within the trauma there is a blessing.
Reba's story takes us on a hilarious and jarring ride through the mind and life of the ultra right wing and dare I say, not a small and fringe portion of Christianity.
Reba Riley's new book attempts to push her boundaries by exploring the wounds she carried from leaving her childhood religion.
Benjamin L. Corey
My hope and prayer is that church trauma will come to simply mark one of the stops on our journey instead of the final landing place.
"I can tell you there are thousands, maybe even millions of us. I can tell you that I recovered, that healing is available."
Reba Riley's yearlong journey of recovery—visiting thirty different religions before her thirtieth birthday.
This is me explaining the ingredients I put into my scenarios that, in my experience, are common characteristics of covert abuse.
If you've been sexually abused, the last thing on earth you need to worry about is forgiving your abuser.
Understanding Religion and Abuse
If you are burdened by the notion that you are not forgiving the person who sexually abused you, please consider these truths about forgiveness.
There are always going to be predators in the world. What you can do is give your kids a clue about what to do if someone is behaving badly.
I can't say for sure what Duggar's counseling looked like, but I can speak to the counseling Bill Gothard's Advanced Training Institute provides.
Based on the response to last week's post about the Duggars, it's clear we need to have some clarification around the word "Fundamentalism."
It was a sin and a crime. And soft-pedaling it only invites the scorn such euphemism richly deserves.
When it comes to a threat to safety posed by unreported child sexual abuse, suddenly what matters is protecting the abuser?
David R. Henson
Now, when you are tired of talking about it. Now, when you've moved on to the next social media buzz. Now is the time to talk about abuse in the church.
One good thing to result from the Duggar scandal is that it has pushed the taboo subject of the sexual abuse of children into the spotlight.
For years survivors of the fundamentalist christian homeschool movement have told our stories. Now will we be heard?
In the state of Arkansas, where the Duggars reside, it is illegal to homeschool if there is a sex offender present in the home.
I grew up Quiverfull, as the oldest in a family with seven kids so this story hits closer to home.
Benjamin L. Corey
Sexual abuse is a serious crime and is not something that can ever be handled as a private family matter or as an internal church matter.