The Emotional and Psychological Consequences of Authoritarian Religion

by Bruce Gerencser (Cross posted from Bruce's blog The Way Forward) Over the past few years I have met countless people who have escaped authoritarian religions like the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church movement or your every day garden variety Evangelical church. Authoritarian ecclesiastical structures and authoritarian pastors dominate the lives of those who come under their spell. Most authoritarian churches believe God ordained a chain of command, not only in the church but in the home. These churches almost always practice complementarianism. Wikipedia defines complementarianism as: A theological view held by some in Christianity and other world … [Read more...]


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