Serpents in the Manger: Overcoming Abusive Christianity

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A controversial view of the negative aspects of Christianity as a dominant, dynamic force behind domestic violence, child abuse, marital discord, sexual problems, and codependency. The book is a touchstone for a new reformation. Everyone reared in our culture has been influenced by Christianity. Thus, to one extent, everyone faces problems originating from what the authors define as "Abusive Christianity."

As the dysfunctions of Abusive Christianity are clearly defined, the authors offer positive and constructive suggestions for confronting and solving problems.

The authors draw on their experiences and those o their clients to show the connection between Christian beliefs and practices and the various social ills that face our culture.

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The authors, two mental health professionals who suffered greatly from fundamenalist, judgmental upbringings, broadly lambast Christianity for causing psychological damage with almost all its doctrines and practices. Indeed, the authors eventually admit that "it may look as though we have blamed Christianity for everything but hangnails and natural catastrophe." They do admit that some Christians practice their faith in a nonabusive manner and list constructive ways in which the reader can do likewise. However, if one follows their suggestions to the logical conclusions, there will be little left of core Christian beliefs beyond "God is love." Not recommended.
Richard S. Watts, San Bernardino Cty. Lib., Cal.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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