Satanic Ritual Abuse and Determinate Meaning- A Response to Professor Ellis

Volume
Volume 20
Issue
Fall 1992
Title
Satanic Ritual Abuse and Determinate Meaning- A Response to Professor Ellis
Abstract

Ellis'€™ argument that the process of "€œlegend ostension"€ may, in itself, create its own "€œreality"€ is well taken and ought to be cautionary. In the current SRA controversy, it is possible that a variety of legend ostension, fed by the fires of the media, over-anxious authorities and mass panic, has at times helped in creating the events of which they speak. In our zeal to interpret a "€œtext"€ or a series of accounts in ways which privilege our own expectations and preconceptions, the lives of families and individuals can be destroyed. The world is full of suffering and evil; Satan is "€œreal,"€ but in the current SRA controversy, the Christian community has at times responded by giving the powers of darkness more than their due thus adding to the world'€™s suffering and evil.

Author
Dr. V.M. Doland
Pages
278 - 280
Price
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