Bibliography

Suggested Reading


BIBLIOGRAPHY by Themes

Cults/Authoritarians/Thought Control/Brainwashing 

Altemeyer, Bob, University of Manitoba, The Authoritarians.  [ online free]

Andres, Rachel, Lane James R., editors, Cults & Consequences:  The Definitive Handbook, Commission on Cults, 7 Missionaries, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, 1990.

Bristol, Claude M., The Magic of Believing, Pocket Books, Simon & Schuster, NY, NY, 1948.

Blumenthal, Max, Republican Gomorrah:  Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, Nation Books, New York, NY, 2009.

Deuteronomy.  Everyone should force themselves to read what biblical scholars believe is the oldest book in the Bible—after they have a basic understanding of destructive cults.  It is a good example of authoritarian/totalitarian control/behaviorism.

Enroth, Ronald M., Churches That Abuse, Zondervan Publishing House,

Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1993.

GoodNewsClubs.info  [sponsored by Intrinsic Dignity; roundtable@intrinsicdignity.com; a thorough investigation and expose’ of Child Evangelism Fellowship’s psychologically and spiritually destructive literature and clubs for preschool and elementary aged children.  Themes include:  “Fear and shame indoctrination” as well as “authoritarian conditioning”.  Eg., “You must agree with God that you are a sinner deserving punishment.”  “God can see your evil thoughts and heart.” “Trust and obey.”

Hassan, Steven, Combatting Cult Mind Control, Park Street Press, Rochester, VT, 1990.

Hassan, Steven, Releasing The Bonds:  Empowering People to Think for       Themselves, Freedom of Mind Press, 2000.  [freedomofmind.com; Hassan has a new book Freedom of Mind]

Hedges, Chris, American Fascists:  The Christian Right and the War on America, Free Press, New York, NY, 2006.

Hoffer, Eric, The True Believer:  Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements,

Perennial Library, Harper & Row, Publishers,  Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, N.Y., 10022, 1951.

Jacobs, A.J., The Year of Living Biblically:  One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2007.
[“…everyone practices cafeteria religion.” P. 328.]

Lane, James R., Cults and Consequences, The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles, 1988.

Lifton, Robert Jay, The Nazi Doctors:  Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Basic Books, New York, N. Y., 1986.

Milgram, Stanley, Ph.D., Obedience to Authority:  An Experimental View, Harper & Row, New York, NY, 1974.

Miller, Alice, For Your Own Good:  Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1980, 2002.

Posner, Sarah, “Taliban Dan’s” Teacher:  Inside Bill Gothard’s Authoritarian Subculture (Critics describe shattered lives, abuse of spiritual authority), USC Annenberg rd Magazine, Religious Dispatches, University of Southern California, Feburary 6, 2011.  [online]

Ross, Colin, M.D., CIA Doctors:  Human Rights Violations, Manitou Communications, 2006.  [Dr. Ross has a number of videos on You Tube; he also authored Military Mind Control]

Sargant, William, M.D., Battle For The Mind:  A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing,  1997 Margaret Sargant, Malor Book, P.O. Box 381069, Cambridge, MA 02238-1069.

Smith, Chris, His Truth is Marching On:  Rousas John Rushdoony and the Rise of Christian Conservatives,  California Magazine, Fall 2012, Politics Issue, University of California-Berkely.  [Rushdoony graduated from  Berkeley; online]

Stewart, Kathleen, The Good News Club:  The Christian Right’s Stealth Attack on Public Schools, Public Affairs, Perseus Books Group, New York, NY, 2012.

Taylor, Kathleen, Brainwashing:  The science of thought control, Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, NY, 2004.

Winell, Marlene, Ph.D., Leaving the Fold, New Harbinger Publishing, Inc., Oakland, CA, 1993.  [journeyfree.org/rts; Winell identified Religious Trauma Syndrome and coined the term to describe the psychological and spiritual abuse/  traumas associated  with destructive religion—religious indoctrination/brainwashing]

 

Documentaries available for free at topdocumentaryfilms.com

Children of the Decree  [Romania under Ceaucescu’s cultic, patriarchal, authoritarian, communistic regime.]

Deliver Us from Evil [How Catholic dogmas set up children and their parents to be victimized by priests.]

Hitler’s Children  [Hitler’s programs for children appeared to be beneficial but were in reality brainwashing children to sacrifice their lives in total warfare.]

In God We Trust [Window into Christian fundamentalism]

In God We Teach [Window into Christian fundamentalist agenda in public schools]

Jesus Camp [Window into Pentecostal brainwashing of children with political agenda]

Jonestown:  Paradise Lost [features interviews with Evangelical minister Jones’ adult son Stephan and 2 other survivors who lost their children in the murders-suicides.]

The Bible Unearthed  [Tel Aviv archaeologist discovered “the facts on the ground do not match the facts in the Torah/Old Testament.”]

The Hand of God [Producer Joe Cultrera.  “…never let a guy in a costume consume you with his own twisted sense of up and down.”  Joe Cultrera]

God’s Next Army [God’s Next Army “investigates Patrick Henry College (PHC), set up five years ago in Virginia, near Washington DC. Its mission is to train young fundamentalist Christians to become the next generation of America’s cultural and political leaders. Though the separation of church and state is enshrined in the US Constitution, with financial backing from the evangelical community the college aims to rechristianise America; to ‘preserve the world from the sinfulness of man.’”  documentaryfilms.com]

Trouble in Amish Paradise [what happens when two young Amish husbands read the Bible for the first time and discover their “life of rules” is not in the Bible.]

 

History of Fundamentalism/ Roots of Violence

Armstrong, Karen, The Battle for God:  A History of Fundamentalism, Balantine Publishing Group a division of Random House, 2001.

Baigent, Michael; Leigh, Richard; Lincoln, Henry, Holy Blood, Holy Grail, (Bantam Dell A Division of Random House, Inc., NY NY, 1982, 1983).

Bloom, Paul, Just Babies:  The Origins of Good and Evil, Crown Publishing, New York, NY, 2013.

DeMause, Lloyd, The Childhood Origins of Terrorism, Journal of Psychohistory

Volume 29, No. 4, Spring 2002, pp. 340-348.

Deuteronomy and Leviticus

Ehrenreich, Barbara, Blood Rites:  Origins and History of the Passions of War,

Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, Inc., New York, NY, 1997

Jones, Gareth Lloyd, Journal of Beliefs & Values, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1999, Sacred Violence:  the dark side of God.  [Jones is Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales.]

Lachkar, Joan, The Psychological Make-up of a Suicide Bomber, Journal of

Psychohistory, Volume 29, No. 4, Spring 2002, pp. 349-367.

Miller, Alice, Breaking Down The Wall Of Silence:  The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth, (Meridan, Published by the Penguin Group, 375 Hudson Street, New York,  New York 10014, 1993).

Miller, Alice, For Your Own Good:  Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, New York, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1980, 2002.

Miller, Alice, Free From Lies:  Discovering Your True Needs, (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y., 2009)

Miller, Alice, Paths of Life:  Six Case Histories, Basic Books, 1998, 2009.

Miller, Alice, The Body Never Lies:  The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting,

(W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N. Y., 2006.)

Miller, Alice, The Drama of the Gifted Child:  The Search for the True Self, Basic Books, New York, N. Y., 2007.

Miller, Alice, The Truth Will Set You Free:  Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self, Basic Books, 2001.

Miller, Alice, The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness, Anchor Books, New York, N.Y., 1991.

Miller, Alice, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware:  Society’s Betrayal of the Child, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, 1998.  Preface by Lloyd deMause.

pbs.org/godinamerica/view, God in America, Frontline:  American Experience

pbs.org/godinamerica/frank-schaeffer  [interview transcripts]

Schaeffer, Frank, Crazy for God, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007.  [Formerly part of founding the religious right/fundamentalist religious-political force.]

Sugg, Richard, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires:  The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians, Routledge, New York, NY, 2011.  [I include Sugg here because his book gives evidence of how the western Judeo-Christian mind was able to split, compartmentalize and project cannibalism onto the New World and condemn it while also practicing it in the Old World.]

whynottrainachild.com  [Exposes by educated Evangelicals against spanking]

Zimbardo, Philip, Ph.D., The Lucifer Effect:  Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Random House, New York, N.Y., 2007.  [Social Psychology/Stanford Prison Experiment]

 

Goddess Culture History and Archaeology; History of Hierarchical, Patriarchal, Misogynist Religion; The Goddess and Her Dying and Rising Son Myth as the Root of the Mary-Jesus Story

Baring, Anne and Cashford, Jules, The Myth of the goddess:  Evolution of an Image, (ARKANA Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1993).

Barnes, Craig S., In Search of the Lost Feminine, (Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, Colorado, 2006).

Christen, Diana Lee, The Genesis of Misogyny and Woman’s Subordination Within The Christian Church, unpublished Senior Honors Thesis, Colorado State University, Department of History, May, 1984.

Diamant, Anita, The Red Tent, Picador, St. Martins Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010, 1997.

Eisler, Riane, The Chalice & The Blade:  Our History, Our Future, Perennial Library, Harper & Row, San Francisco, 1988.

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, Ph.D., Women Who Run With the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of Wild Woman Archetype, Ballantine, New York, NY, 1992.

Gimbutus,  Marija, Civilization of the Goddess:  The World of Old Europe, HarperCollins, New York, New York, 1991.

Gimbutus, Marija, The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe 6500-3500 BC:  Myths and Cult Images, University of California Press, Berkeley, CA, 1974, 1982.

Gimbutus, Marija, The Living Goddesses, University of California Press, 2001.

Graves, Robert, The Greek Myths Volume One, Penguin Books, 1955, 1960.
[I had no idea until I read Graves that Greek myths are telling the stories of actual events and life styles; they depict the triumph of patriarchy—the subjugation of women who previously had been viewed as divine.]

Kramer, Heinrich and James Sprenger, The Malleus Maleficarum, 1484.  Translated by Montague Summers, 1928.  Cosimo Classics, P.O. Box 416, Old Chelsea Station, New York, N.Y. 10113-0416, [Catholic handbook for detecting and punishing so-called witches during the Inquisition.]

Sjoo, Monica & Mor, Barbara, The Great Cosmic Mother:  Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth, Harper One, New York, NY, 1987, 1991.

Stone, Merlin, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood:  A Treasury of Goddess Lore from Around the World, Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts,1990.

Stone, Merlin, When God was a Woman, Harcourt, Inc., 1976.

Walker, Barbara G., The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, Harper One, New York, NY, 1988.

Walker, Barbara G., The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Harper One, New York, N Y, 1983.

 

Leaving Authoritarian/Patriarchal/Fundamentalist/Evangelical Religion

Andrews, Seth, thethinkingatheist.com.  [Former religious broadcaster.  Uses the Evangelical “Romans Road” plan of salvation to reveal that the bride of Christ is actually a battered wife!]

Beck, Martha, Leaving the SaintsHow I Lost the Mormons and Found my Faith, Three Rivers Press, New York, N. Y., 2005.

Berry, Jason and Renner, Gerald, Vows of Silence:  The Abuse of Power In the Papacy of John Paul II, Free Press, New York, NY, 2004.  [I’ve included Berry and Renner not because they are Catholics who left the church but because they exposed the abuse of power that came to light due to the numerous child sex scandals and the excommunication saga of Father Thomas Doyle.  Doyle was excommunicated because he supported child victims and their families as a priest educated in cannon law and with counseling education.  Deliver Us from Evil, documentary by Amy Berg, and Mea Maxima Culpa by Alex Gibney sheds more light.  Google Father Thomas Doyle for his own critique of the Church which is something like, “They need to dismantle it and start over and sell the Vatican to Disney or the Mormons.” ]

Chaplain Mike, Whatever Happened to…Bill Gothard? Midwest Christian Outreach.  Lists Gothard’s “Principles.” Critics say Gothard’s seminars have a cultic tendency.  [online; comments after the article are heatbreaking.  E.G.,  Bill Gothard claims to turn the hearts of children towards their fathers, and wives towards their husbands. Neither is true. His practical advice, when applied destroys families.]

Evid3nc3, Why I am no longer a Christian, Youtube and topdocumentaryfilms.com  [Former Assembly of God]

Kidd, Sue Monk, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter:  A Woman’s Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine, HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022, 1996.

Laake, Deborah, Secret Ceremonies:  A Mormon Woman’s Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond, William Marrow and Co., Inc., New York, N. Y., 1993.

Poll, Rich, Exegeting Bill Gothard:  Three Christian apologists evaluate the conference speaker’s life and teachings, Christianity Today [posted 3/1/20003]

Potok, Chaim, In the Beginning, Fawcett, 1975.  [Novel of an Orthodox Jew]

Schaeffer, Frank, Crazy for God, Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA, 2007.  [Helped create the religious right/religious-right-wing political force.]

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, The Woman’s Bible, Northeastern University Press, 1993, First Published in 1895).

Talk2Action.org, The Secret World of Bill Gothard, January 17, 2011.

Winell, Marlene, Ph.D., Leaving the Fold:  A Guide for Former Fundamentalists and Others Leaving Their Religion, New Harbinger Publications, Oakland, CA, 1994.  [Find help for recovering from authoritarian religion (Religious Trauma Syndrome) at marlenewinell.net/recovery-religion and on YouTube.  Former Assembly of God missionary child].

 

Documentaries available free on topdocumentaryfilms.com and PBS:

Casesars’ Messiah

Deliver Us From Evil

Jonestown:  Paradise Lost (2007) features an interview with Jones’ adult son, Stephan, who survived the massacre-mass suicide.

Losing God

Mea Maxima Culpa

PBS:  Frontline, Secrets of the Vatican, February 2014

The Hand of God

Why I am No Longer a Christian

 

Psychology/Relationships/Addiction Recovery/Self-Help/12-Step/Suicide Prevention/Recovery

Beattie, Melody, A Reason to Live, Tyndale House, Wheaton, Illinois, 1991.

Beattie, Melody, Co-Dependent No More

Beattie, Melody, The Language of Letting Go:  Daily Meditations for Codependents, Hazelden Foundation, 1990.  [The 12-step/addiction recovery programs have a common root—the Oxford Group—with the fundamentalist political group The Family.  My experience is that the co-dependence movement helps people recover from alcohol/drugs/sex/people/other addictions only to suck them into fundamentalism.  My experience was that fundamentalism taught me to be co-dependent so it is a crazy-vicious cycle of an illusion of recovery that is actually non-recovery because something outside one’s self is still in control—allegedly.]

Bradshaw, John, Creating Love:  The Next Great Stage of Growth, Bantam,  1992.

Bradshaw, John, Healing The Shame That Binds You, Health communications, Inc., Enterprise Center, 3201 S.W. 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442, 1988.  [I had NO idea what shame even meant the first several times I read it!]

Brown, Sandra L. M.A., How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved,   Hunter House Books, PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501-0914, 2005.

Brown, Sandra L. M.A., Women Who Love Psychopaths:  Inside the Relationships of Inevitable  Harm With Psychopaths, Sociopaths, & Narcissists,  Mask Publishing, Penrose, N.C. 2009.

Burber, Martin, I and Thou, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York, N. Y.,1970.

Dalai Lama and Victor Chan, The Wisdom of Forgiveness:  Intimate Conversations and Journeys, (Riverhead Books, New York, N.Y.,  The Berkley Publishing Group, Penguin Group, Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, N.Y. 100142004, 2004).

De Becker, Gavin, The Gift of Fear:  and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence, Dell Publishing, New York, NY, 1997.

Ford, Debbie, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers:  Reclaiming Your Power, Creativity, Brilliance, and Dreams, The Berkeley Publishing Company, New York, NY, 1998.

Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence:  Why It Can Matter More than IQ, Bantam Books, 1995.

Gottman, John M. Ph.D., “The Seven Principles For Making Marriage Work:  A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert,”  Three Rivers Press, NY NY 1999).

Hanh, Thich Nhat, “Anger:  Wisdom for Cooling the Flames,” (Penguin Group Inc., 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, 2001).

Keirsey, David and Bates, Marilyn, Please Understand Me:  Character & Temperament Types, Del Mar, CA, 1984.

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth, On Death and Dying, Macmillan, 1969.

Lieberman, David J., Ph.D., Never Be Lied to Again:  How to Get the Truth in 5 Minutes or Less, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, NY,  1998.

Lyubomirsky, Sonja, The How of Happiness:  A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want, Penguin Books, 2007.

Miller, Alice, Breaking Down The Wall Of Silence:  The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth, (Meridan, Published by the Penguin Group, 375 Hudson Street, New York,  New York 10014, 1993).

Miller, Alice, Free From Lies:  Discovering Your True Needs, (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y., 2009)

Miller, Alice, Paths of Life:  Six Case Histories, Basic Books, 1998, 2009.

Miller, Alice, The Body Never Lies:  The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting, (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N. Y., 2006.)

Miller, Alice, The Drama of the Gifted Child:  The Search for the True Self, Basic Books, New York, N. Y., 2007.

Miller, Alice, The Truth Will Set You Free:  Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self, Basic Books, 2001.

Miller, Alice, The Untouched Key: Tracing Childhood Trauma in Creativity and Destructiveness, Anchor Books, New York, N.Y., 1991.

Miller, Alice, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware:  Society’s Betrayal of the Child, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, 1998.  Preface by Lloyd deMause.

Meyer, Pamela, Liespotting:  Proven Techniques to Spot Deception, St. Martin’s Griffin, New York, NY, 2010.

Osborn, Diane K. editor, A Joseph Campbell Companion:  Reflections on the Art of Living.   Copyright by The Joseph Campbell Foundation, 1991.  HarperCollins Publishers, 10 East 53rd St., New York, NY  10022.

Poitier, Sidney, The Measure of a Man:  A Spiritual Autobiography, Harper Collins, 2000.  [I especially appreciated Poitier’s description of Miami’s racial tension in the fifties.  His memories match mine but from the opposite side of the coin.]

Roberts, Cokie & Steve, From This Day Forward, William Morrow Company, Inc., 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, N.Y. 10019, 2000.

Rosenberg, Marshall B., Ph.D., Nonviolent Communication:  A Language of Life, Puddle Dancer Press, 2240 Encinitas Blvd., Ste. D-911, Encinitas, CA 92024

Schaef, Anne Wilson, Co-Dependence:  Misunderstood-Mistreated, (Harper & Row, San Francisco, 10 East 53rd. Street, New York, N.Y. 10022, 1986.)

Schaef, Anne Wilson, Women’s Reality:  An Emerging Female System in the White Male Society, Winston Press, Minneapolis, MN, 1981.

Smith, Susan E., Fear or Freedom:  a woman’s options in social survival & physical defense, (Mother Courage Press, 1533 Illinois Street, Racine, WI 53405, 1986).

Trafford, Abigail, Crazy Time:  Surviving Divorce And Building A New Life, Revised Edition, Harper Perennial, A Division of HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10022, 1982, 1992.

 

Incest, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Psychological and Religious Child Abuse, History of Childhood

Blume, Sue E., Secret Survivors:   Uncovering Incest and Its Aftereffects in

Women, Ballantine Books, New York, NY, 1990.

Brand, Julie A., M.S., A Mother’s Touch:  Surviving Mother-Daughter Incest, Trafford, Victoria, B.C., Canada, 2006.  [Reading Juile’s book and have a few conversations with her helped me accept that my early childhood sexual experiences with an adult female mattered.  I came to understand how that experience as well as my mother’s treatment of me led me to fear women as well as men.]  Julie_brand@caperconsulting.com

Cannon, Reynolds G., The Hidden Epidemic of Abuse and Neglect of Children, Denver Post, Guest Commentator, December 2, 2013.  [Cannon is Chair of Denver’s Kempe Foundation for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.  His article gives statistics showing the magnitude of this problem for individuals as well as for society—including taxpayers.]

deMause, Lloyd editor, The History of Childhood, A Jason Aronson Book, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., Lanham, MD, 1974.

Felitti, Vincent, J., M.D., The Relationship of Adverse Childhood Experiences to Adult Health: Turning gold into lead, Kaizer-Permanente ongoing study, acestudy.org/files/Gold_into_Lead

Gershoff, Elizabeth, University of Texas-Austin.  Find her meta-analysis research on the long term harm of coercive parenting on her website.  http://health.usnews.com/articles/health/healthday/2009/09/15/early-spankings-make-for-aggressive-toddlers.html  by Marjorie Smith 9.21.2009.  Quotes Gershoff, most research is showing that “…spanking makes kids more aggressive and more likely to be delinquent and to have mental health problems.”  “Children who are spanked as one year olds are more likely to become aggressive and to perform worse on cognitive tests” than toddlers not spanked.

Gollaher, David L., Circumcision:  A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery, Basic Books, New York, N. Y., 2000.

Graber, Ken, M.A., Ghosts in the Bedroom:  A Guide for Partners of Incest Victims, Health Communications, Inc., Deerfield Beach, Florida, 1991.

Hartley, Mariette & Commire, Anne, Breaking the Silence, Penguin Group, 1990.
[Hartley is the granddaughter of psychologist, J.B. Watson.  He authored The Psychological Care of Infant and Child and deeply harmed his own family and many others.   Some want us to ignore the harm he did and focus on the good he did as a major 20th century psychologist and ad man.]

Hastings, Anne Stirling, Ph.D., Reclaiming Healthy Sexual Energy, Health Communications, Inc., 1991.

Heimlich, Janet, Breaking Their Will:  Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment, Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY, 2011.

Heywood, Colin, The History of Childhood:  Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times, Blackwell Publishers, Malden, Maine, 2001.

Holden, George, Parenting:  A Dynamic Perspective, Sage Publications, Inc., Thousand Oaks, California, 2010.

Holt, Luther Emmett, M.D. LLD, Care and Feeding of Children, 1907.  Puritan Pediatrician (1855-1924).   Online free:  Gutenberg.org/ebooks/15484.  Limit affection; ignore crying babies, never play with babies under 6 months.  Houk notes he influenced J. B. Watson’s ideas regarding child rearing.]

Houk, Suzanne, Psychological Care of Infant and Child:  A Reflection of Its Author and His Time, mathcs.duq.edu-packer-DevPsych/Houk2000.ht
A brief history of child rearing in America and critique of J. B. Watson.

Miller, Alice, Breaking Down The Wall Of Silence:  The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth, (Meridian, Published by the Penguin Group, 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014, 1993).

Miller, Alice, For Your Own Good:  Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, New York, NY, 2002.

Miller, Alice, Free From Lies:  Discovering Your True Needs, (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N.Y., 2009)

Miller, Alice, Paths of Life:  Six Case Histories, Basic Books, 1998, 2009.

Miller, Alice, The Body Never Lies:  The Lingering Effects of Hurtful Parenting, (W. W. Norton & Company, New York, N. Y., 2006.)

Miller, Alice, The Drama of the Gifted Child:  The Search for the True Self, Basic Books, New York, N. Y., 2007.

Miller, Alice, The Truth Will Set You Free:  Overcoming Emotional Blindness and Finding Your True Adult Self, Basic Books, 2001.

Miller, Alice, Thou Shalt Not Be Aware:  Society’s Betrayal of the Child, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, NY, 1998.  Preface by Lloyd deMause.

Perry, Bruce, M.D., cta@childtrauma.org.  He is a leading child psychiatrist and neuroscientist.  He is aware there is a “war against children.”  He has many articles and interviews available online.

Rhodes-Courter, Ashley, Three Little Words:  A Memoir, Simon & Schuster, 2009.  Dosomething.org  [3 ½ million American children are in need of permanent safe adoptive families.  Aside from Rhodes-Couter’s story of social blundering of foster care children adding to their neglect and abuse, I know that evidence is mounting that evangelicals now are viewing this population of vulnerable innocent children as a target for evangelizing via adoption.]

Robinett, Patricia, The Rape of Innocence:  Female Mutilation & Circumcision in the USA, Nunzio Press, Eugene, Oregon, 2010.

Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center www.rockymountainchildren’slawcenter.org [Founded by Shari F. Shink, Esq. Shink has been instrumental in crafting and enabling the passage of child protection laws in Colorado as well as educating the courts, families and community about children’s need and the need to protect children.]

Van Derbur, Marilyn, Miss America by Day, Oak Hill Ridge Press, Denver, CO, 2004.

Watson, John B., The Psychological Care of Infant and Child, 1928.  Father of behaviorism switch parents from biblical/godly child rearing advocated by clergy to scientific child rearing that treated children as machines.  Never hug or kiss your child.  Strict schedules were important.  His oldest son by his second wife committed suicide.  Mariette Hartley, Watson’s granddaughter, detailed his life of alcoholism and the destruction he brought to his family in Breaking the Silence.  Vm.uconn.edu/~lundquis/Watson.html  Watson is not that unlike Susanna Wesley’s approach to childrearing in some ways.  Both advocated training children like and to be machines.]

Wesley, John and Suzanna.  Info about their teachings is ubiquitous online.  In addition to their diaries see:  whynottrainachild.com read Steph’s history of fundamentalist spanking.  Parenting  by George Holden has an extensive review of Suzanna’s childrearing practices.  In a personal email to me George MacPhee, Ph.D., Colorado State University Department of Human Development and Family Studies wrote, “There is more and more research demonstrating that long-term punitive, coercive rearing practices have a very large, long-term negative effect.”  He suggests both Holden and Elizabeth Gershoff’s meta-analysis research available online.  In addition to Wesley’s Holden also focused on James B. Watson’s behaviorist childrearing approach that was just as destructive.  Watson  treated children like objects also.

 

Sampling of Evangelical/Fundamentalist Literature

Bible Study Fellowship created by Miss Johnson.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, The Cost of Discipleship,  Macmillian, New York, NY, 1937.
[Forward by G.K.A. Bell late Bishop of Chichester, quotes Bonhoeffer:  “When Christ calls a man…he bids him come and die…the essence of discipleship is contained in those words.”]

Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc., The Four Spiritual Laws, (375 Hiway 74 South, Suite A, Peachtree City, GA 30269.  2007)

Dake, Finis Jennings, Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible:  The New Testament, Atlanta, GA, 1961.

Dobson, James Dr., Dare to Discipline, Tyndale House, Carol Stream, IL, 1970.

Dobson, James Dr., The Stong-Willed Child:  Birth Through Adolescence, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois, 1978.  [Everything from Focus on the Family.]

Fields, JoAnne, WHAT is a REAL PERSON? (InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois 60515, 1976).  [I LOVE this book because it shows how fundamentalists override and wall off “the world”/secular education.  Fields begins with a good summary of what psychology teaches about personhood then overrides it with “but what does God say” and turns to the Bible.  No wonder it twisted my brains into knots of confusion in 1976:  a real person who is someone who is letting Jesus control their life; i.e., external locus of control.]

Focus on the Family and James Dobson, Ph.D.

Graham, Billy, Peace With God, World Wide Publications, 1953, 1984.

Ironside, Harry A.—Everything he wrote.

LaHaye and Jenkins, Jerry B., Left Behind series.

Lewis, C. S., Mere Christianity, (HarperOne, New York, N. Y., 1980)  Based on what we know today about the origins of both the Old and New Testament I have to wonder if Lewis who died in the 1960s would have maintained his arguments.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martin—everything he wrote.

Moody, Dwight L—everything he wrote.

Painter, Alice Movius, “The Challenge of Being a Woman:  God’s Way to Freedom and Fulfillment” printed in United States.  [A good example of how fundamentalists latch onto secular social issues and make them their own is how I would say it.  This is a reaction to feminism.  This strategy blurs reality and keeps the flock in the fold.]

Pearl, Michael and Pearl, Debi, Train Up a Child.  Readers can Google to discover the child abuses cases that have been linked to this book.  To find an evangelical critique of Pearls go to:  whynottrainachild.com.  Pearls advocate behaviorism and training infants like rats in a cage through negative reinforcement.  From reading selections of their book on whynottrainachild.com, it is clear their thinking echoes John and Susanna Wesley’s because they “switch” infants as young as 4 months old and Wesley’s taught that a child should fear the rod by one year.  It should be noted that there is a growing body of evidence that fundamentalists/evangelicals are now viewing adoption as a form of evangelizing and obedience to what they call “the great commission.”  This places innocent helpless children into dangerous families.

Rushdoony, R. J., The Institutes of Biblical Law and The Roots of Reconstructionism.  

Stott, John, Basic Christianity, Inter-Varsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois, 1958.

Schaeffer, Francis and Edith—everything they wrote.

Fundamentalist/Evangelical para-church associations I crossed paths with:
Child Evangelism Fellowship
Campus Crusade for Christ
Inter-Varsity
Navigators
Grace Fellowship
Dave Wilkerson’s Teen Challenge
Youth for Christ
Most—if not all—mega-churches, faith-healers, televangelists.

 

Neuroscience/Psychiatry/Brain Plasticity/Trauma Model Therapy/DID/History of Medicine

Bipolarnetworknews.org=epigenetics  [good resource for the latest research proving early childhood stress and conditioned fear create epigenetic changes to DNA.  Methyl or acetyl groups can bind to inherited DNA and prevent genes  from turning on.  This in turn creates psychological disorders such as bipolar.  The latest research suggests some methylated genes can be passed to the next generation.]

Davidson, Richard J., Ph.D. and Begley, Sharon, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Penguin Group, New York, NY, 2012.

Dillon, Jacqui, et al, Trauma, Dissociation, Attachment & Neuroscience:  A new paradigm for understanding severe mental distress, Journal of Critical Psychology, Counseling and Psychotherapy, September 2012.  jacquidillion.com.
[a good summary of the type of therapy I received and it matches what my neuroscience prof has taught me: biopsychosocial  trauma model for the genesis of my disorders as opposed to medical disease model]

Doidge, Norman, M.D., The Brain That Changes Itself, Penguin Books, 2007

Downing, Rachel, MSW & LCSW, Can I Look Now?:  Recovering from Multiple Personality Disorder, Educational Recovery Communications, 1498M Reisterstown Road, Box 333, Baltimore, MD 21208.

Fallon, James, The Psychopath Inside:  A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain, Penguin, 2013.  TED and YouTube interview videos.

Fallon discovered he has the brain structure and genes of a psychopath BUT not the abused child history.  Abuse tips the scale.

Felitti, Vincent J., M.D., Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, The Relationship of Adverse Child Experience to Adult Health:  Turning Gold into Lead.  acestudy.org/files/Gold_into_Lead  [The ACE Study reveals a powerful relationship between our emotional experiences as children and our physical and mental health as adults, as well as the major causes of adult mortality in the United States. It documents the conversion of traumatic emotional experiences in childhood into organic disease later in life. How does this happen, this reverse alchemy, turning the gold of a newborn infant into the lead of a depressed, diseased adult? The Study makes it clear that time does not heal some of the adverse experiences we found so common in the childhoods of a large population of middle-aged, middle class Americans. One does not ‘just get over’ some things, not even fifty years later3. ]

Fraser, George A., M.D., editor, The Dilemma of Ritual Abuse:  Cautions and Guides for Therapists, American Psychiatric Press, Washington, D.C., 997.

Gozzi, Alessandro, et al, A Neural Switch for Active and Passive Fear, Neuron, August 28, 2010, 656-666.

Grandin, Temple, Ph.D., Thinking in Pictures.  Chapter one is available online free.  I laughed and I cried.  “This is it!”  I suffered so much because no one understood.  I “couldn’t!” do what they could do—think in words.  I still have to stop and picture some things before the correct word will come to me.

Herman, Judith Lewis M.D., Trauma and Recovery:  The aftermath of violence—from domestic abuse to political terror, Basic Books, Harper-Collins, New York, NY, 1992.

Jamison, Kay Redfield:  An Unquiet Mind:  A Memoir of Moods and Madness, (Alfred A. Knopf, New York, N. Y., 1996)

Jamison, Kay Redfield, Touched With Fire:  Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic  Temperament, The Free Press, A Division of Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1993.

Kandel, Eric R., In Search of Memory:  The Emergence of a New Science of Mind, W. W. Norton, New York, NY, 2006.

Lanning, Kenneth, The Investigator’s Guide to Allegations of ‘Ritual’ Child Abuse, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Behavioral Science Unit, Washington, D.C., 1992.   The 1999 Labor Day memories I had fit what Lanning calls “multidimensional child sex rings.”  Many survivors who claim “satanic” ritual abuse come from religious families—often conservative/traditional/orthodox families.  “Satanic” may be their way to say “evil” rather than pointing to non-criminals who call themselves “Satanists” because they are non-Christian.  Lanning believes it is possible the child sacrifice elements in ritual abuse memories may symbolize the death of childhood.  [pp., 38 & 39] I agree!  It could also symbolize the loss of the sense of self as the child numbs out emotionally to survive trauma.  Lanning states that he believes those making these allegations have been traumatized.  He just didn’t know if crimes had been committed.  According to Lanning the motivation for crimes is always:  power, sex and money.  Controlling children through fear is a major component of multidimensional child sex rings.  In contrast to “Satanists” most child abuse is perpetrated by members of mainstream religions. [p., 67]  Lanning’s major concern was that child sex perpetrators were not being caught because the emphasis was on proving they were “Satanists” rather than criminals—child sex predators; therefore, his perspective is from the criminal justice perspective.

learn.genetics.   An educational website at the University of Utah that simplifies neuroscience and the field of epigenetics using great illustrations and short video   clips  http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/epigenetics/

Lewis, Dorothy Otnow, M.D., Guilty By Reason of Insanity:  A Psychiatrist Explores the Minds of Killers, Fawcett Columbine, The Ballantine Publishing Group, New York, NY, 1998.

Lifton, Robert, M.D., The Nazi Doctors:  Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide, Basic Books, 1986, 2000.

Missildine, W. Hugh, M.D., Your Inner Child of the Past, Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 1963.

Northrup, Christine, M.D., Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom:  Creating Physical and Emotional Healing and Health, Bantam, 1998.

Perry, Bruce, M.D., Everything online.  He is a leading child psychiatrist and neuroscientist.  In 1992 he stated that children diagnosed psychotic and with attention deficit disorder were probably suffering from PTSD. “Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry believes that many kids diagnosed as being psychotic or hyperactive are actually suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder:  they are shell-shocked veterans of the war against children.”  By Steve Bogira   chicagoreader.com/chicago/child-abuse-on-the-brain

Pert, Candace, Ph.D.,  Molecules of Emotion:  The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine,  Scribner, New York, NY, 1997.

Reynolds, Sheila M and Berridge, Kent C, Emotional environments retune the valence of appetitive versus fearful functions in nucleus accumbens, Nature Neuroscience, 2008, April; 11(4):423-425.  [Available NIH public access.]

Ross, Colin, M.D., Satanic Ritual Abuse:  Principles of Treatment, (University of Toronto Press Inc., 1995.

Ross, Colin A., M.D., The CIA Doctors:  Human Rights Violations By American Psychiatrists, Manitou Communications, Inc., 2006.  [Originally published as Bluebird:  Deliberate Creation of Multiple Personality By Psychiatrists]

Ross, Colin, M.D., The Trauma Model:  A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry,  Manitou Communications, Inc., 1701 Gateway, Suite 349, Richardson, TX 75080, 2007.  [Ross specializes in treating DID]

Sapolsky, Robert.  TED.  Youtube classroom and presentation videos.  Zeitgeist documentary produced by Peter Joseph.  Author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.  Sapolsky is featured in the 2008 Stanford and National Geographic documentary Stress:  Portrait of a Killer.  Sapolsky discovered chronic stress destroys brain cells—especially in the hippocampus—which is critical for memories and learning.  He also discovered that our place in our socio-economic hierarchy can create chronic stress if we are low on the totem pole—as are the poor and often minorities—but also most westerners.

Stout, Martha, Ph.D., The Myth of Sanity:  Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness.  Tales of Multiple Personality in Everyday Life, Penguin Books, 2001.

Sugg, Richard, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires:  The History of Corpse Medicine from the Renaissance to the Victorians, Routledge, New York, NY, 2011.  [I include Sugg here because his book gives evidence of how the western Judeo-Christian mind was able to split, compartmentalize and project cannibalism onto the New World and condemn it while also practicing it in the Old World.]

Taylor, Jill Bolte, Ph.D., My Stroke of Insight:  A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,  Viking, New York, N.Y., 2006[Taylor’s massive stroke and full recovery led her to discover that our left and right hemispheres have totally different personalities—one dominant, one less so—and that the brain can recover.]

Taylor, Kathleen, Ph.D., Brainwashing:  the science of thought control, Oxford University Press, Inc., New York, NY, 2004.

Zimbardo, Philip, Ph.D., The Lucifer Effect:  Understanding How Good People Turn Evil, Random House, New York, N.Y., 2007.  [Stanford Prison Experiment]

 

Sociopathy/Psychopathy/Angry Controlling Men/Misogyny

Altemeyer, Bob, University of Manitoba, The Authoritarians, online free.  [Altemeyer does not use the labels sociopathy or psychopathy to label the authoritarians/fundamentalists in his research who believe they can do anything if they have accepted Jesus as their savior.  From what I’ve learned in my research and therapy that might be a label we need to use for anyone who believes they are entitled “to do anything” because it implies they have no empathy for others.]

Bancroft, Lundy, Why Does He Do That?:  Inside the Minds of Angry Controlling Men,  Berkeley Publishing Group, New York, NY, 2002.

Brown, Sandra L. M.A., How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved,   Hunter House Books, PO Box 2914, Alameda, CA 94501-0914, 2005.

Brown, Sandra L. M.A., Women Who Love Psychopaths:  Inside the Relationships of Inevitable  Harm With Psychopaths, Sociopaths, & Narcissists,

Mask Publishing, Penrose, N.C. 2009.

Department of Justice, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Focus on Psychopathy, 2012.  leb@fbiacademy.edu.

Fallon, James, Ph.D., The Psychopath Inside:  A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain, Penguin, New York, NY, 2013.

Fallon, James, Ph.D., Youtube reason.tv.  Fallon discusses the three ingredients that create psychopathy:  genes associated with violence, damage to the orbital cortex and severe early childhood abuse:  emotional, sexual, physical.  Genes alone will not create a psychopath.  Early childhood trauma tips the scale.  Some neuroscientists say, “Nature loads the gun but environment pulls the trigger.”   When childhood trauma occurs determines the type of psychopath.

Forward, Susan, Men Who Hate Women & The Women Who Love Them, (Bantam, New York, NY, 1988)

Glass, Lillian, Ph.D., The Boby Language of Liars:  From Little White Lies to Pathological Deception, The Career Press, Pompton Plains, N.J., 2014.

Hare, Robert, Ph.D., Without Conscience:  The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us, Guildford Press, New York, NY, 1993.  hare.org

Marcotte, Amanda, 5 Ways the Christian Right is Twisting Religion to Push Conservative Dogma, salon.com/2013/20/5_ways_the_christian_right_is_twisting_religion_to_push_conservative_dogma

Peck, Scott M., M.D. People of The Lie:  The Hope for Healing Human Evil, Touchstone Simon & Schuster, Inc., Rockefeller Center, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New Your, New York 10020, 1983).  [He actually believed in demon possession.  This was 1983.  I think Colin Ross, M.D. has a better explanation. He has found that behind every Satan is a dissociated traumatized child.]  Psychologytoday.com/basics/psychopathy

Stout, Martha Ph.D., The Sociopath Next Door, (Broadway Books a division of Random House, 2005).

Votruba, Misha, I AM Fishhead.  A documentary about corporate psychopathy.

Walker, Lenore E., The Battered Woman, (Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, New your 10022, 1979).

Woodworth, Michael, Ph.D. and Hancock, Jeffrey, Ph.D., The Language of Psychopaths:  New Findings and Implications for Law Enforcement, in DOJ, FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Focus on Psychopathy, 2012.  leb@fbiacademy.edu. Youtube.com/watch?v=6vF5PtdiiCo  Inside Cornell:  Analyzing the Words of Psychopaths cornell.edu.  11/2/2011.  Hungry Like a Wolf. Jeff Hancock, professor of communication at Cornell University discusses his research with Michael Woodworth at the University of British Columbia.  [At futurity.org/psychopaths-words-expose-predatory mind Bill Steele, also at Cornell, summarizes Hancock’s work published in Legal and Criminological Psychology on October 19, 2011.  “Psychologists describe psychopaths as ‘emotionally flat, lacks empathy for the feelings of others, and is free of remorse.’  Psychopaths behave as if the world is to be used for their benefit and they employ deception and feigned emotion to manipulate others.”  Hancock’s research subjects “matched these descriptions”.  “Psychopaths used more conjunctions like ‘because,’ ‘since,’ or ‘so that,’ implying that the crime ‘had to be done’ to obtain a particular goal.”  In other words, their crimes are planned not a reaction.  Hancock found psychopaths used twice as many words relating to basic/physical needs—such as food, sex, money—while non-psychopaths use more words associated with social needs including family, religion, and spirituality.  Hancock’s research began with imprisoned murderers—both psychopathic and non-psychopathic but is expanding with the addition of university students at Cornell and British Columbia.

A person cannot and should not be labeled psychopathic based on his/her language style alone but language can provide a window into the unconscious world of psychopaths and possibly reveal motivations.  According to Hancock, language comes from our unconscious and therefore it is not under our conscious control.  I found it interesting that psychopaths use more “dysfluencies”—ums and ahs—than non-psychopaths.  (Court transcripts could be used for this kind of research.)  Psychologists believe this is due to their need to think about what they are saying because they are liars.  They need time to be able to “put on the mask of sanity” because they “micromanage” how they present themselves.   According to Hancock, the primary difference between sociopaths/antisocial personality disorder and psychopaths is emotional.  Psychopaths have blunted emotional affect and are unconcerned with “self actualization” because they are highly narcissistic and grandiose.  After listening to a psychopath’s disjointed babble without affect, one leaves feeling like one has been “hypnotized.”  Psychopaths do not understand other’s emotions.]

Youtube:  Ted Bundy; Paul Bernardo; Charles Manson

 

Biblical Criticism/Criticism of Religion/Patriarchal Religious History/Ancient “Pagan” Primary Sources of the Old and New Testaments/Myth/Religion/Philosophy

Adler, Morris, The World of the Talmud, Schocken Books, New York, 1958.

Allport, Gordon W., the Individual and His Religion:  A classic study of the function of religious sentiment in the personality of the individual, Macmillan, 1950.

Bainton, Roland, Here I Stand:  A Life of Martin Luther, A Mentor Book, 1950.

Broad, William J., The Oracle:  Ancient Delphi and the Science Behind Its Lost Secrets, Penguin Books, 2006.

Campbell, Joseph, The Hero With A Thousand Faces, New World Library, Novato, CA, 2008.

Carter, Jimmy, Living Faith, Random House, 1996.

Chan, Wing-Tsit, The Way of the Lao Tsu [Tao-te-ching], Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing, Indianapolis, 1963.

Chopra, Deepak, The Third Jesus:  The Christ We Cannot Ignore, Harmony Books, New York, NY, 2008.

Cragg, Kenneth, The House of Islam, Dickenson Publishing, Encino, CA, 1975.

Dalai Lama, Ethics for the New Millenium, Riverhead Books, 1999.

Dawkins, Richard, The God Delusion, Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, NY, 2006.

Ehrman, Bart D., Misquoting Jesus:  The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why (HaperCollins, New York, NY, 2005)

Ehrman, Bart D., Forged:  Writing in the Name of God—Why the Bible’s Authors Are Not Who We Think They Are (HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2011.)

Ehrman, Bart D., Did Jesus Exist?:  The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth, (HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2010)

Faulkner, Raymond O., Ancient Egyptian, Book of the Dead, Sterling Innovation, New York, NY, 1971; 2005.

Finkelstein, Israel & Silberman, Neil, The Bible Unearthed:  Archaeology’s New Vision of Ancient Israel and The Origin of Its Sacred Texts, Touchstone, New York, New York, 2002.

Frank, Frederick, compiled by, ZEN and ZEN Classics, Selections from R. H. Blyth, Random House, 1978.

Frazer, James George, The Golden Bough:  A Study in Magic and Religion, Konecky & Konecky, 72 Ayers Point Rd., Old Saybrook, CT 06475, 1922.

Freud, Sigmund, The Future of an Illusion, translated and edited by James Strachey, W. W. Norton and Company, 1961.

Friedman, Richard Elliott, Who Wrote the Bible?, HarperOne, New York, NY, 1987; 1997 preface.

Graves, Robert, Greek Myths, Volume One, Penguin, 1955, 1960.

Harpur, Tom, The Pagan Christ:  Is Blind Faith Killing Christianity? Walker and Co., New York, NY, 2004

Harris, Sam, The End Of Faith:  Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 500  Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10110, 2005.

Helms, Randel, Gospel Fictions, Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y., 1989.

Helms, Randel McCraw, The Bible Against Itself:  Why the Bible Seems to Contradict Itself, Millenium Press, Altadena, CA, 2006.

Helms, Randel McCraw, Who Wrote the Gospels? Millennium Press, Altadena, CA, 1997.

Hesse, Herman, Siddhartha, translated by Hilda Rosner, A New Directions Book, 1951.

Hexler, J.H., The Judeo-Christian Tradition, Harper & Row, New York, 1966.

Hitchens, Christopher, god is Not Great:  How Religion Poisons Everything,

Twelve, Hachette Book Group 237 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017, 2007.

Hopkins, Thomas J., The Religious Life of Man:  The Hindu Religious Tradition,  Wadsworth Publishing Company, Belmont, CA, 1971.

James, William, The Varieties of Religious Experience, Macmillan Publishing, New York, NY, 1961

Jacobs, Louis editor, The Shocken Book of Jewish Mystical Testimonies, Shocken Books, New York, NY, 1996.  [Forward by Karen Armstrong.  Reviewed by Daniel Goleman, Emotional Intelligence.

Jefferson, Thomas, The Jefferson Bible:  The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth with introduction by F. Forrester Church and afterword by Jaroslav Pelikan, Beacon Press, Boston, 1904.

Jones, Gareth Lloyd, Journal of Beliefs & Values, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1999, Sacred Violence:  the dark side of God.  [Jones is Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales.]

Lewis, Brenda Ralph,  A Dark History:  The Popes:  Vice, Murder, and Corruption in the Vatican, Metro Books, New York, NY, 2009.

Markandaya, Kamala, Nector in a Sieve, Signet, 1954.

Matthews, Victor H. & Benjamin, Don C., Old Testament Parallels:  Laws and Stories From The Ancient Near East (Third Edition), Paulist Press, New York/Mahwah, New Jersey, 2006.

Moody, Raymond, Jr., M.D., Life after Life, Bantam, 1975.

Nietzsche, Friedrich, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Barnes & Nobel Classics, 2005.

Pagels, Elaine, Adam, Eve, and the Serpent:  Sex and Politics in Early Christianity, Random House, 1988.

Pagels, Elaine, Beyond Belief:  The Secret Gospel of Thomas, (Vintage Books a Division of Random House, Inc., New York, N.Y., 2003).

Pagels, Elaine, The Gnostic Gospels, Vintage Books Edition, 1981 &1989, copyright, 1979.

Pagels, Elaine and King, Karen, Reading Judas:  The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 2007.

Pagels, Elaine, Revelations, Penguin Books, New York, N. Y., 2012.

Pagels, Elaine, The Origin of Satan, Random House, 1995.

Pane, Thomas, Common Sense, Barnes and Nobel, 1995.

Pane, Thomas, The Age of Reason, Citadel Press, Kensington Publishing Corp., 1974.

Pfeiffer, Charles F., The Dead Sea Scrolls, Baker House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1957.  [Available as ebook at logos.com.]

Pritchard, James B., Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament,

Third Edition with Supplement, Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1969.

Prabhavananda, Swami and Isherwood, Christopher, translators, The Bhagavad-Gita, A Mentor Book, 1944.

Riley, Gregory J., One Jesus, Many Christs:  How Jesus Inspired NOT ONE TRUE CHRISTIANITY, But Many, HarperCollins, New York, NY, 1997.

Robinson, James M. editor, The Nag Hammadi Library, Harper & Row, San Francisco,  1978.  [The English translation of the Gnostic library tractates by Members of the Coptic Gnostic Library Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.]

Rahula, Walpola, What the Buddha Taught, Grove Press, Inc., New York, 1959.

Sagan, Carl, The Demon-Haunted World:  Science as a Candle in the Dark, Ballantine, New York, N.Y., 1996.

Shorto, Russel, Descartes’ Bones:  A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason, Random House, 2009.

Smith, Huston, The Religions of Man, Harper & Row, 1958.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, The Woman’s Bible, Northeastern University Press, 1993, First Published in 1895).

Swanson, Todd, Rape, Rage, and Revelation:  Can Psychohistory Illuminate the Mysteries of Eleusis?   The Journal of Psychohistory, Volume 29, No. 4,

Summer 2002, pp. 407-424.

Tolle, Eckhart, A New Earth:  Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, Penguin, 2005.

Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now, Namaste Publishing and New World, Novato, CA, 1999.

Vermes, G., The Dead Sea Scrolls in English, Penguin, 1962.

Ware, James R., The Sayings of Confucius, A Mentor Book, 1955.

Wright, G. Ernest, Biblical Archaeology, abridged edition, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1960.

Wright, Robert, The Evolution of GOD, Little, Brown and Company, New York, NY, 2009.

Zaehner, R.C., The Teachings of the Magi:  A Compendium of Zoroastrian Beliefs, Oxford University Press, New York, 1976.

 

Religious Fundamentalism/Orthodoxy/Evangelicalism, Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism in American Politics

Altemeyer, Bob, University of Manitoba, The Authoritarians, online free.  See his website for information on fundamentalism and the Tea Party movement.

Arendt, Hannah, Antisemitism:  Part One of The Origins of Totalitarianism, A Harvest Book, Harcourt, Brace & Company, San Diego, 1951,  1979.

Baigent, Michael, Racing Toward Armageddon:  The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World, HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2009.  [As nutty as this seems I actually heard evangelicals talking about the things Baigent presents.  The hefer program and the need to rebuild the Temple so Jesus can come back, etc.  This is part of the cosmic warfare mindset evangelicals believe they were born into or converted into.]

Documentaries:  The Lord’s Next Army; In God We Trust; In God We Teach topdocumentaryfilms.com

Faircloth, Sean, Attack of the Theocrats!:  How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can DO About it,   Pitchstone Publishing, Charlottesville, VA, 2012.

Jacobs, A. J., The Year of Living Religiously:  One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, Simon and Shuster Paperbacks, New York, N. Y., 2007.   [I put Jacobs here because his conclusion about fundamentalism being a threat to democracy stands in sharp contrast with like Schaeffer and Sharlet who have more insider and scholarly expertise.  Jacobs actually concerned me because he could lull already lulled citizens deeper into their stupor.  However, I, Schaeffer and Sharlet could be wrong; hopefully we are!]

National Association of Evangelicals Update [newsletter] available at nae.net

Nerburn, Kent, ed., The Wisdom of the Native Americans, MJF Books, New York, NY, 1999.

Schaeffer, Francis, How Shall We Then Live?:  The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, 1976.  [It was more than a shock to learn the man who wrote this as well as True Spirituality, Back to Freedom and Dignity, Pollution and the Death of Man, Escape from Reason had no guilt or qualms about battering and bruising his wife before leading evangelical discussions for vulnerable college students.  See:  Frank Schaeffer’s Crazy for God.  Frank admits his father had a “deeply flawed character” that he hid, p. 168.  In other words, he had a secret life.]

Schaeffer, Frank, Crazy for God:  How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of it Back, (DA CAPO Press, 11 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142, www.dacapopress.com, 2007).  [Schaeffer admits his father had a character problem.  Altemeyer’s research sheds light on how fundamentalism/authoritarian religion masks character disorders by their unrealistic belief that faith in Jesus atones for all their mistakes—not human accountability and reparations/amends. ]

Sharlet, Jeff, C Street:  The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy, Little Brown and Company, New York, N. Y., 2010.

Sharlet, Jeff, The Family:  The Secret Fundamentalism At The Heart Of American Power, (HarperCollins, 10 East 53rd ,New York, N.Y. 10022, 2008).

Winell, Marlene, Ph.D.—Sarah Palin:  Warrior Princess for God, an open letter posted on Marlene’s website.

Zinn, Howard, A Peoples’ History of the United States, HarperPerennial, New York, N. Y., 2005.

 

Women’s History

Agonito, Rosemary, History of Ideas on Woman:  A Source Book, Paragon Books, G.P. Putnam, New York, 1977.

Arnold, Eleanor, editor, Voices of American Homemakers, Indiana University Press, Bloomington & Indianapolis, 1985.  [“Little girls grew up to womanhood in a world centered around home, family, church and school.”]

Banner, Lois W., Elizabeth Cady Stanton:  A Radical for Women’s Rights, Little, Brown and Company, Boston, MA, 1980.

Bartlett, Elizabeth Ann editor, Sarah Grimke:  Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and Other Essays, Yale University Press, New Haven, 1988.

D’Emilio, John and Freedman, Estelle, Intimate Matters:  A History of Sexuality in America, Harper & Row, 1988.

Evans, Sara M., Born for Liberty:  A History of Women in America, Free Press, 1989.

Evans, Sara, Personal Politics:  The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left, Random House, 1979.

Gollaher, David, Voice For The Mad:  The Life of Dorthea Dix, Free Press, 1995.

Greenwood, Lois Marie, Women, Work and Powerlessness:  A Case Study of the Displaced Homemaker, University Microfilms International Dissertation Information Service, Ann Arbor, Michigan,  Degree date:  1980.  Printed: 1990.

Jacobs, Harriet A., Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl:  Written by Herself,  edited by Jean Fagan Yellin, Harvard College, 1987.  [Jacobs:  1813-1897]

Oufkir, Malika and Fitoussi, Michele, Stollen Lives:  Twenty Years in a Desert Jail, Hyperion, New York, NY, 1999.

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady, The Woman’s Bible, Northeastern University Press, 1993, First Published in 1895).

 


SUGGESTED READING

Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Psychology:

The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

The Trauma Model, Colin Ross, MD

Scared Sick:  The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease, Robin Karr-Morse

The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Richard Davidson, PhD

The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge, MD

Turning Gold into Lead, Vincent Felitti, MD (online free)

For Your Own Good, Alice Miller (all her books)

Leaving the Fold, Marlene Winell, PhD

Battle for the Mind:  A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing, William Sargant, MD

Brainwashing:  The Science of Thought Control, Kathleen Taylor, PhD

 

Child Abuse, Narcissism and Psychopathy:

Breaking Their Will, Janet Heimlich

Miss America by Day, Marilyn Van Derbur

The Sociopath Next Door, Martha Stout, PhD

The Psychopath Inside, James Fallon, PhD

Why Does He Do That?, Lundy Bancroft

Why Is It Always About You?, Sandy Hotchkiss

The Authoritarians, Robert Altemeyer, PhD (online free)

 

The Political Face of Evangelical Fundamentalism:

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, Jeff Sharlet

C Street, Jeff Sharlet

Republican Gomorrah, Max Blumenthal

Crazy for God, Frank Schaeffer

The Good News Club: the Christian Right’s Stealth Attack on America’s Children, Katherine Stewart

American Fascists:  The Christian Right and the War on America, Chris Hedges

Attack of the Theocrats, Sean Faircloth

 

Archaeology, History, Mythology:

The Bible Unearthed, Israel Finkelstein and Neil A. Silberman

The History of Childhood, Lloyd deMause

The Chalice and the Blade, Riane Eisler

The Peoples’ History, Howard Zinn, PhD

Everything by Marija Gimbutus, UCLA

The Goddesses, Joseph Campbell