The Dark Side of Faith

by Boze Herrington cross posted from his blog The Talking LlamaThere is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied. As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane—as a means of inciting evil . . . there may be no more potent force than religion.When the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism, which is to be expected in the wake of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions . . . Plenty of these religious extremists have b … [Read more...]

Quoting Quiverfull: Deracinated Evangelicals?

by Doug Wilson from the Real Clear Religion site. It all began innocently enough. From the beginning, evangelicals did not want to display the fractiousness of the fundamentalists, but they wanted to do this without giving up their faith in all the same foundational doctrines … [Read more...]

SASBN: Putting an End to the Survivor Wars

by Vyckie GarrisonBreaking free from the absolute control of a cultic group is incredibly hard - it's a soul-wrenching experience and in all honesty, none of us walk away unscathed and completely healthy. Spiritual abuse survivors are hurt, traumatized, damaged and often broken. I wish I … [Read more...]

I’m Coming Out

by Cindy FosterOk.  I am finally coming out!I’ve been wanting to do this for a very long time.  It won’t be much of a surprise to many of you since I have posted links to articles … [Read more...]

Spiritual Abuse: A Victim’s Guide to Recovery

Review by Vyckie GarrisonLisa Kerr, who blogs at My Cult Life, has written a brief (60 pages), but jam-packed victim's guide to recovery from spiritual abuse which is currently available via Amazon digital services. While not specifically geared toward the Quiverfull worldview, Lisa's guide is an NLQ-recommended … [Read more...]

Book Recommendation: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

by Kristen RosserI remember the excitement I felt when, as a brand-new Christian, I began to explore what kind of life Jesus wanted me to live.  The type of Christianity which I initially encountered was the gentle, fireside faith of the 1970s:  we didn't call … [Read more...]

Those That Do Harm…

by Calulu...in the name of Christ harm not only themselves but legions of others, driving some completely away from the church.Please forgive me dear readers because I'm about to get all flip, sarcastic and ranty here. I feel like using lots of obscene words. I've been … [Read more...]

News & Links Saturday – November 3, 2012

Instead of  putting it on random Thursdays the links and news items are moving to Saturday. We'll also be featuring  some of our Spiritual Abuse Survivor Blogs Network members blog postings as well each week.Interesting week with the election happening in mere days and the sad aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. May the East Coast … [Read more...]

Jeremy Lott, Rachel Held Evans, and Taboos in the Evangelical Christian Culture Industry

by SierraIn the attempt to track down sales figures for the evangelical Christian marriage book market, I found the following article by Jeremy Lott. He originally wrote it in 2003, but recently reposted it on his blog. The article discusses the range of products that make up the Christian culture market, including books. I think it’s worthwhile to look at Christian culture as an industry, the same way we look at Hollywood. The booksellers, music labels and product manufacturers are … [Read more...]

The Myth of Teenage Rebellion

by LatebloomerSometimes, as my toddler and I cuddle together to read books on the couch, I can't help but imagine what our relationship might be like when he becomes a teenager.  On some days, I dread it like a slowly-approaching disaster.  On other days, I feel a sense of hope that, as I deal with my own issues, I'll be able to give him something better than I experienced.   I'm confronting my old ideas about teenagers head on, and replacing them with healthier and more accurate ideas.Growing up in fundamentalist homeschooling circles, I heard a lot about "Biblical" parenting--extreme parental authority enforced through potentially abusive levels of spanking.  Because it was "Bi … [Read more...]


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