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A blog about religious language in all of life’s contexts

Relative Abstraction and Concreteness: The example of the non-apology

“Impersonalisation abounds in the language of bureaucracy, a form of the organisation of human activity constituted on the denial of responsibility, and governed by impersonal procedures which, once put in place, are wellnigh impermeable to human agency.” Theo van Leeuwen, The Representation of Social Actors In my most recent blog post, I introduced a catalogue … Continue reading Relative Abstraction and Concreteness: The example of the non-apology

Introduction and Overview of The Subtle Language of Abuse: A Catalogue

An organisation or culture that perpetuates abuse will question the motives of those who ask questions, make the discussion of problems the problem, condemn those who condemn, silence those who break silence, and descend upon those who dissent. Wade Mullen, in Something’s Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse When you expose a problem … Continue reading Introduction and Overview of The Subtle Language of Abuse: A Catalogue

Us vs. Them: Complementarianism and Culture Wars in UK Churches

Women’s Ministry leader in the FIEC, Sarah Allen, has recently published an article reporting research on the state of complementarianism in UK churches. The experiences her respondents report are concerning and worthy of careful attention, considering the scarcity of research in this area. However, Allen positions her research within an overall United States vs. United … Continue reading Us vs. Them: Complementarianism and Culture Wars in UK Churches

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