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The child's song: Religious Abuse of Children Paperback – 1 Sep 2004

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (1 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066425554X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664255541
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,781,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald Capps is William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of more than two dozen books in pastoral theology, including The Poet's Gift and The Child's Song.

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A very well-written and readable book about the psychological implications of scripture and its interpretation. The author makes compelling argument for our unwitting misinterpretation of key texts, and especially where these have been over-emphasised or taken out of context, leading to the social and institutional abuse of children, coupled with the belief that it is for '''their own good".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important but disturbing 1 May 2001
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This book is an important but disturbing look at the mixed messages and hidden curriculum in modern churches. Congregations which paradoxically use blind obediance while asking one to trust a loving God who kills can either provoke a crisis of personality or a self-destructive impulse in children/teens/then adults. Christianity has too long been an adult dominated, child exploiting patriarch which vehemently denies children (and often women's) rights to life, self, happiness, and proclamation.
It is a great beginning to an important dialogue.
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful book 1 Sept. 2015
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Very important, thoughtful book, which should raise our consciousness about the ways that religion and conformity can be abusive
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Child's Song 22 Mar. 2011
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The tragedy of child abuse is something I hate because it destroys lives-multiple lives. However, to attack the Bible as a source of it and to twist Scripture is not the solution to end child abuse. The only thing that I came away from reading this book was hating child abuse even more but dismayed at what people believe about the Bible which by the way does provide the only solution to the problem.
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