Survivor Blogging Trends 2017
Part One: Past Articles (2012-2016)
on Trends in Spiritual Abuse Survivor Communities
I have been blogging since 2003, and in 2007 I began addressing surviving spiritual abuse – mostly from the perspective of investigative research writing on malignant leadership and toxic systems. I’ve written a dozen or so case studies on spiritually abusive situations, scattered across the spectrum of theologies and organizational forms. So I’m not a newbie to blogging or survivor blogging, or to many issues of conflict that arise.
One of the most recent relates to a so-called “crisis of authority” (especially for women who post their views online) and “beware of broken wolves.”
Who’s In Charge of the Christian Blogosphere? (The age of the Internet has birthed a crisis of authority, especially for women.) by Tish Harrison Warren, via Christianity Today. See also her response to critics, posted on her blog: New CT Piece on Authority in the Church and Social Media: A Response to Critics.
Beware of Broken Wolves, by Joe Carter, via The Gospel Coalition.
The fast and furious interchanges sparked by these posts brought up some reflections on survivor blogging. So, I decided it was time to add these to my occasional series that I started in 2012 on trends in spiritual abuse survivor communities. Here’s the plan:
- Part 1: Past Articles on Trends in Spiritual Abuse Survivor Communities (2012-2016)
- Part 2: Survivor Blogs Aren’t the Same as Discernment Blogs
- Part 3: Positive Trends and Continuing Challenges in Survivor Blog Communities
Final thoughts in introducing this year’s trends: I hope I am known as a reasonable researcher on abusive systems, and also as a relatively fair-minded critic of our own survivor communities. I’m sure not everything I write goes down well in both of those circles, but I see my role as calling people to consider the larger picture of the organizational cultures we create and ways we misuse power in them. The squishy business of identifying and tracking trends, and giving reasoned speculation to where their trajectories may lead, is part of that role. Before I launch into what I think I see unfolding in 2017, here is the series of articles on trends that I’ve posted in the past five years, to bring you up to date. Continue reading