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Churches as Partners in Institutionalised Abuse: Disarming the Bible Bashers

Hill, Fiona D. (2006) Churches as Partners in Institutionalised Abuse: Disarming the Bible Bashers. Women Against Violence. pp. 5-17. ISSN 1327-5550

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Abstract

Abuse affects all aspects of a person's life including religious experience. Since the early 1990s the avalanche of abuse complaints flowing from Australian church communities has shaken the country to its highest religious and vice-regal offices, and also deeply stained our national history. Chruch hierarchies use the Bible, and other control mechanisms, to both justify church-perpetrated abuse and limit survivors' options. This paper calls on survivors to turn the tables on the 'Bible-bashers' by challenging how biblical meterial is used within church and community contexts, and also by unmasking the ideology and church rhetoric that has traditionally legitimated abuse.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: church, abuse, Australia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2011 02:58
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:40
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/496

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