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All articles & reviews tagged with abuse

Review

October 2020
Reviews > Book

The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse

This is a theodicy with a difference! There are many books written on the question of why God allows suffering, but few are as personal and painful as this one. Beginning with the author’s conflicted emotions on learning that the woman who had repeatedly abused him as a child had died, his experiences are…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Spiritual abuse’ and the threat to religious liberty

‘Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men…’ (Psalm 140:4). The torrent of examples of abuse and inappropriate practices or behaviours within and without Christ’s church fills the heart of any observer with shock, compassion for the victims, and anger at cover-ups and institutional failures. There are…

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News

August 2019
News > Church news

Jonathan Fletcher banned from preaching over abuse allegations

Jonathan Fletcher, a leading evangelical figure within the Church of England, was banned from preaching following allegations of abuse, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The 76-year-old was stripped of his Church powers by the Bishop of Southwark in 2017 following complaints made to the church – Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon – where he used to…

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May 2019
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Southern Baptist Convention abuse scandal

In May 2018, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson, came under the spotlight for mishandling cases of sexual assault at the seminary. The Southern Baptist Convention summarily terminated him from his position after investigating his role (Christianity Today, ‘Paige Patterson Fired by Southwestern’, June 2018). While this action won much…

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News

October 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Smyth death reignites abuse reports

Former barrister John Smyth QC, who had been accused of abusing boys attending Christian summer camps, has died at his home in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr Smyth had been wanted for questioning over abuse claims concerning boys at Winchester College during the 1970s and 1980s, following an in-depth investigation carried out by Channel…

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June 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Confidentiality putting girls at risk

Sexual health clinics’ privacy policies may be obstacles to protecting girls from sexual exploitation, a hard-hitting report has found. As reported in the Family Education Trust’s (FET) April bulletin, the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board’s latest report has revealed confidentiality policies could even be helping the perpetrators carry out abuse without risk of pregnancy or…

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Article

May 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pastoring a victim of abuse in the glare of the media

Pastoring a church member who has suffered childhood sexual abuse is hard enough. Doing so when the person in question has entered the national and international media spotlight is even harder. That is precisely what Jim Savastio has faced in recent months. Jim is the pastor of the Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky.…

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