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Satanic Ritual Abuse in Popular Christian Literature

Article Index
Satanic Ritual Abuse in Popular Christian Literature
Not Primarily a "Christian" Phenomenon
Christian Literature on the Occult
Three Developments Produce SRA Sensationalism
Reasons SRA Sensationalism Is Believed
Guarding Against Christian Gullibility
When to Believe or Reject a Story
Predicting the Future

by Bob and Gretchen Passaintino

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This article first appeared in the Journal of Psychology and Theology, 1992, Vol. 20, No. 3, 299-305

"Isn't it true that this whole satanic ritual abuse hysteria is a result of ignorant Christian fundamentalists?" The smug expression on the reporter's face answered the rhetorical question he had posed to the American Psychological Association's press conference subject, FBI special agent Kenneth V. Lanning. And although Agent Lanning disagreed, many observers of the satanic ritual abuse (SRA) phenomenon sweeping the country would agree with the reporter. The accuracy or inaccuracy of the reporter's assumption is beyond the scope of this article, but it also reveals a very important attitude prominent among Christian as well as secular observers: there is something about SRA that seems particularly compatible with popular American Christianity.