Dear God, This is Anna
Date: August 25, 2004 11:25PM
but its been around for years.
My hunch is that any book, no matter how good it is, can be used for dysfunctional purposes. The Bible has empowered saints and also empowered Jim Jones.
Its the intentions of the persons using a book, their emotional needs, how they create groups and the kinds of people they prefer to recruit to a group - and how they teach a group to respond to dissent--its the social process that makes or breaks up a congregation, not so much its reading matter.