This is an excerpt from a blog post on her * meneutics about religious abuse that caught my eye.
Many times when I explain my religious environment, the focus is the legalism, when legalism isn’t really the problem. It’s the power and control that legalism places in the hands of a select few. Fundamentalism, in my experience, frequently results in the congregation surrendering control over almost every area of their lives to their pastor. In a strange twist, while fundamentalists preach in the complete “sufficiency of Scripture,” in reality they practice whatever their pastor hands down from the pulpit. Samantha Field
If you are interested in reading the whole story, click on the
her * meneutics link in the first sentence.