Misattribution and social control in the children of god

@article{Kent2006MisattributionAS,
  title={Misattribution and social control in the children of god},
  author={Stephen A. Kent},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
  year={2006},
  volume={33},
  pages={29-43}
}
  • S. Kent
  • Published 1 March 1994
  • Philosophy
  • Journal of Religion and Health
This article argues that deviant religions use supposedly godly justifications for their punishment systems by establishing theologies in which members misattribute divine authority to leaders whom they relate to emotionally as to demanding parents. These misattributing theologies “sanctify” the harsh suffering that members often experience. Illustrations of the theoretical points come from texts published by the Children of God in its early period (the 1970s), supplemented by accounts given by… 

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  • R. Hutch
  • Psychology
    Journal of Religion and Health
  • 2006
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