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August 1, 2013

Do Religions Produce More Child Sex Abusers?

An athiest says yes. How churches should reflect on this disturbing question.


A writer for the "Friendly Athiest" channel on Patheos recently asked whether religions produce "more than their fair share" of child sex abusers. The basis of his question, and his answer, which was yes, is the ongoing abuse scandals within the Catholic church, as well as the disturbing regularity of media reports covering abuses within other faith communities.

I penned a response over on our sister site, Out of Ur, that examines the writer's analysis and also raises an equally, if not more, important question: Why don't faith communities produce fewer abusers?

What's your take?

Related Tags: abuse, children, children's ministry, kids, prevention, protection, risk, safety, sex abuse


'Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely'. This hopeless take on the 1%ers and others has wisdom. Even Jesus saw that His follow-ship team members were easily distracted by power and authority and warned them to not 'lord it over' others but to serve them. Mankind, in its fallen state, is easily corrupted. Even redeemed mankind can and will drift into that dangerous place of abuse of 'weaker' folks. We've seen it. How to overcome leaders leaking into abusive behaviors? Make it clear that such behavior is unacceptable at all levels (which the Church has not done, allowing covering up and 'therapy' to substitute for accountability). Of course, it's never as simple as that, is it? ...

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