“God, you come back with the head of my enemy”: Hillsong, Bethel and Emotional Manipulation in Worship Music

Their songs are better than everyone else's and they can kind of infiltrate into other churches by having good music. What Hillsong did was kindof marry the music that they wanted to sing in church - the themes - with contemporary music. So early Hillsong music from 2000 sounds like 2000's pop. Today's Hillsong music … Continue reading “God, you come back with the head of my enemy”: Hillsong, Bethel and Emotional Manipulation in Worship Music

Linguistic Gaslighting: Disclaimers as anti-performative discourse

This is another post in a series on the language of abuse, connected to an online catalogue which I hope will help others to identify and resist linguistic harm. In this post, I look at how disclaimers (a form of anti-performative discourse) can be used to minimise violence, to coercively control, to manipulate and to gaslight.