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Churches That Abuse — Notice & Disclaimer

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  1. Churches That Abuse -- Online Book
  2. Churches That Abuse -- Notice & Disclaimer
  3. Churches That Abuse -- Contents / Audio Version
  4. Churches That Abuse -- Publishers Information
  5. Churches That Abuse: Preface & Acknowledgements
  6. Abusive Churches: Chapter 1 -- A View From Within
  7. Chapter 2: Fringe and Fanaticism - Abusive Churches Can Go Over The Edge
  8. Chapter 3: Abusive Churches Are Not New
  9. Chapter 4: Abusive Churches Misuse Spiritual Authority
  10. Chapter 5: Abusive Churches Use Fear, Guilt, and Threats
  11. Chapter 6: Abusive Churches See Themselves As Special
  12. Chapter 7: Abusive Churches Foster Rigidity
  13. Chapter 8: Abusive Churches Discourage Questions
  14. Chapter 9: Abusive churches make leaving painful
  15. Chapter 10: Abusive Churches Present A Warning
  16. Chapter 11: Abusive Churches Will Always Exist

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Important Notice / Disclaimer

Churches That Abuse was published in July, 1993 -- fifteen years ago at the time of this writing.

Several of the groups, churches and movements Enroth describes in Churches That Abuse no longer exist. Others have changed their teachings and/or practices. Where names are named we urge the reader to investigate the current status of these groups, churches and movements. Our approach at Apologetics Index has always been to encourage independent research.

The publishers of Apologetics Index, who among other things are involved in counseling former members of abusive groups, believe the great value of this book lies in the fact that it addresses characteristics of abusive churches in a way that can help readers identify problems within their own groups.

While members of abusive churches tend to be blind to problems within their own groups or movements -- they're more likely to recognize similar issues when they read about the things others -- in different groups -- have experienced.

We have seen this happen many times, often in using this very book.

This then is the ongoing strength of the book.

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Organizations, Ministries and Individuals recommended by Apologetics Index (not an exhaustive list).

The text of this book as posted here is faithfully reproduced from a scanned copy. We have applied a minimal amount of formatting to faciliate online reading. For instance, we have added blank lines between paragraphs. We have elected not to include page numbers. Notes originally published in the back of the book have in this online version been added at the end of each chapter.

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This post was last updated: Aug. 12, 2008