Kent 2012 Abuse

Title Information

Author: Stephen A. Kent

Title: Religious Justifications for Child Sexual Abuse in Cults and Alternative Religions

Subtitle: -

Journal: International Journal of Cultic Studies

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Year: July 2012

Pages: 49-73

ISSN: 2154-7270 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 2154-7289 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | Types: Child Sexual Abuse

Full Text

Link: International Cultic Studies Association (Free Access)

Additional Information

Author: Stephen A. Kent, Department of Sociology, University of AlbertaWikipedia

Abstract: »This article identifies eight religious-coloured justifications that pedophiles have used to excuse child sexual abuse in cults and alternative religions operating in the West. These ideologies are a) Western scriptural patriarchalism; b) Western patriarchal incest; c) patriarchalism and polygamous child brides; d) millenarianism; e) antinomianism; f) sex as the means to salvation; g) sex as salvation; and h) levelling all forms of sex as equally fallen. By anchoring abuse within theologically based justifications that are readily available in one or more cultic or alternative religious groups, we gain insight into how sexual exploitation becomes legitimized within societal subgroups. Under leaders’ directions, these subgroups receive theologies that enable forms of child sexual abuse to seem normative because they appear to have divine justification or support.« (Source: International Journal of Cultic Studies)


  Western Scriptural Patriarchalism (p. 52)
  Wilbert Thomas Sr. and the Christian Alliance Holiness Church (p. 52)
  Western Patriarchal Incest (p. 54)
  The Children of God (p. 54)
  Patriarchalism and Polygamous Child Brides (p. 55)
  Millenarianism (p. 57)
  John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community (p. 57)
  David Koresh and th Branch Davidians (p. 58)
  Antinomianism (p. 59)
  The Doukhobor Sons of Freedom (p. 59)
  Benjamin Purnell and the House of David (p. 60)
  Swami Muktananda (p. 61)
  Sex as the Means to Salvation: Sex Magick and Erotic Rituals (p. 62)
  Charles Leadbeater, Ralph Nicholas Chubb, and Aleister Crowley (p. 63)
  Work of Great Mercy–the Mariavites (p. 64)
  George Feigley and the Neo-American Church (p. 65)
  Kenneth James McMurray and Deviant Wicca (p. 65)
  Barry A. Briskman and Religion From Outer Space (p. 65)
  Sex as Salvation (p. 66)
  Community Chapel and Bible Training Center (p. 66)
  Levelling All Forms of Sex As Equally Fallen (p. 67)
  Kirtanananda Swami Bahktipada (p. 67)
  Conclusion: The Implication of Child Sexual Abuse iin Alternative Religions (p. 68)
  Bibliography (p. 71)
  About the Author (p. 73)

Wikipedia: Child sexual abuse

Added: August 30, 2014 – Last updated: August 30, 2014