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Joseph R. Kiefer II

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The Strategies of Christian Fundamentalism

Kiefer posits that the strategies employed by fundamentalist Christians to induce doctrinal belief diminish human potential by evoking fear and guilt, and by promoting powerlessness in adherents. The author illustrates the adverse effects suffered by adherents, he discusses the maladaptive coping strategies developed as a result of these beliefs, and he demonstrates how circular reasoning entraps believers and leaves them ignorant of their helplessness. Finally, he describes how personal vulnerabilities are manipulated by rigid doctrine and strict authority in order to control adherents and propagate the religion.