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Advice for Pastors, Youth Educators, and Spiritual “Consumers”

Ten Steps to Critical Thinking. From Easily Fooled, copyright © 2000 by Robert Fellows –


Choosing a Church. Larry Pile

Disciple Abuse. Rev. Gordon MacDonald

Identifying and Understanding Abusive Groups

Dysfunctional Churches. Ronald Enroth

Religion Versus Cult. Richard Dowhower

Psychological Perspectives on Abusive Groups and Cults

Cult Formation. Robert Lifton


Research Studies

Sexual Abuse

The Cry of Tamar, 2nd edition (2012). (Pamela Cooper-White)

Declaration of Pamela Cooper-White, PhD, in the case of Plaintiff v. Ananda Church of Self Realization (1996)

Soul Stealing: Power Relations in Pastoral Sexual Abuse. Pamela Cooper-White. The Christian Century (February 20, 1991).


Video: Spiritual Manipulation in Pseudochristian Cults. Doug Duncan, MS, LPC; Wendy Duncan, MA, LBSW; Molly Koshatka