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RNS: Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian

Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse

Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Sep 26, 2013 |

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian from Liberty Universtiy School of Law speaks during a panel titled “Investigating Religion: The Continuing Story of Clergy Abuse Beyond Roman Catholics” at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin on Thursday (Sept. 26).

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian from Liberty Universtiy School of Law speaks during a panel titled “Investigating Religion: The Continuing Story of Clergy Abuse Beyond Roman Catholics” at the Religion Newswriters Association Conference in Austin on Thursday (Sept. 26).

AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists.

While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference, saying too many evangelicals had “sacrificed the souls” of young victims.

“Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics,” said Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which has investigated sex abuse allegations.

Earlier this summer, GRACE spearheaded an online petition decrying the “silence” and “inattention” of evangelical leaders to sexual abuse in their churches.

Mission agencies, “where abuse is most prevalent,” often don’t report abuse because they fear being barred from working in foreign countries, he said. Abusers will get sent home and might join another agency. Of known data from abuse cases, 25 percent are repeat cases, he said.

Still, he says, he sees some positive movements among some Protestants. Bob Jones University has hired GRACE to investigate abuse allegations, a move that encourages Tchividjian, a former Florida prosecutor. ”That’s like the mothership of fundamentalism,” he said. His grandfather split with Bob Jones in a fundamentalist and evangelical division.

“The Protestant culture is defined by independence,” Tchividjian said. Evangelicals often frown upon transparency and accountability, he said, as many Protestants rely on Scripture more than religious leaders, compared to Catholics.

Abusers discourage whistle-blowing by condemning gossip to try to keep people from reporting abuse, he said. Victims are also told to protect the reputation of Jesus.

Too many Protestant institutions have sacrificed souls in order to protect their institutions, he said. ”We’ve got the Gospels backwards,” he said.

Tchividjian said he is speaking with Pepperdine University, a Church of Christ-affiliated school in California, about creating a national GRACE center.

William Coulson on Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow—and Howard Kirschenbaum on William Coulson

Denigrating Carl Rogers: William Coulson’s Last Crusade

by Howard Kirschenbaum

Journal of Counseling and Development, v69 n5 p411-13 May-Jun 1991

Reviews William Coulson’s assertions that Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and he initiated the humanistic education field, that Rogers repudiated his philosophy late in life, and that they owe the nation’s parents an apology. Argues that these charges are groundless and provides examples and quotations from Rogers’ later writings to show how Rogers remained constant to his beliefs. (Author/LLL)

Keywords: Counseling Theories, Humanistic Education, Nondirective Counseling
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Humanistic Psychology; Rogers (Carl)
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Hint: Readers may wish to consult in this regard–

“Carl Rogers and the IHM Nuns:
Sensitivity Training, Psychological Warfare and the “Catholic Problem””
by E. Michael Jones, Ph.D.