A Call for Discernment Natural and Spiritual- An Introductory Editorial to a Special Issue on SRA

Volume
Volume 20
Issue
Fall 1992
Title
A Call for Discernment Natural and Spiritual- An Introductory Editorial to a Special Issue on SRA
Abstract

This article introduces the special issue of the Journal of Psychology and Theology on SRA (satanic ritualistic abuse). SRA is defined, a Christian perspective to the topic introduced, and the need expressed to look hard at the clinical data, research findings, and presuppositions which influence "pro" and "con" views of SRA phenomena in both the secular and Christian therapeutic communities. Issues discussed include (a) the sources of understanding and values, (b) whether evil is understandable, (c) whether it is possible to tolerate not knowing or being able to explain everything, (d) the effects of Christian influence and evangelical hype, (e) whether religious perspective has an impact on an individual's beliefs or judgments about abuse, and (f) whether Christians are dealing effectively with the reality of abuse in their own communities. The special issue of JPT is a call for closer examination of evidence and a coming together of people who do not agree on the issues to share what they know about SRA/MPD and religious abuse and to attempt to resolve the scientific as well as spiritual problems generated by the rift.

Author
Dr. M.L. Rogers
Pages
175 - 187
Price
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