Ungodly Fear : Fundamentalist Christianity and the Abuse of Power
Any organization which rejects accountable systems of theology and self-government is uniquely vulnerable to one evil: the abuse of power. When it comes to Christian churches, the dangers are no less real, but the results can be devastating. In his disturbing and compelling new book, Stephen Parsons uses real-life stories to highlight the dangers that exist and sounds the alarm for any church or individual who may be susceptible to perpetrating or falling victim to abusive practices or behaviour. These harrowing stories include a vulnerable couple persuaded to part with their life savings for a church; a woman raped by her minister, who then had to face denial and rejection; a woman demonised for resisting a church's obsession with demons; a homosexual whose integrity as an individual was attacked; a woman damaged by inappropriate 'healing'. Parsons ends his bold analysis by affirming the potential for abuse-free Christianity and healthy church life.
- Paperback | 320 pages
- 124.5 x 193 x 22.9mm | 22.68g
- 20 Apr 2001
- Lion Hudson Plc
- Lion Books
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
About Stephen Parsons
Stephen Parsons is Vicar of Lechlade in Gloucestershire. For many years he has been interested in the issues around health and healing as they affect the Church: he is the author of two books on this theme. He was editor of the journal Health and Healing on behalf of the ecumenical body the Churches Council for Health and Healing until its closure at the end of 1999. He acts as an advisor on the ministry of Christian healing to the Bishop of Gloucester.