It tackles – head-on – an important and pressing subject… it’s vital stuff.

The shameful way primary schools indoctrinate infants in sin, guilt, shame and moral fudges

What reviewers say:

“This is potentially of interest to anyone concerned with how we grow up, how we are shaped, and how the way that young people are drawn into whatever religious faith into which they are born, how this supposedly, avowedly benign process is enacted can have deeply malign effects on the individual and so on society in general.”   “It tackles – head-on – an important and pressing subject… it’s vital stuff. It’s about how we safeguard young people, how we grow up, how we interact with others.”
Karl French, Literary Reviewer

“Awesome how far Augustine’s tentacles of sinfulness reach.  Alone among the world’s civilised nations, Britons are allowed to physically punish children because bishops sitting in the House of Lords have said so.”
Carolyn Thompson, reader

“It takes us directly to a seemingly real situation with flesh and blood people. The menace in the good father’s every action is tangible, and what isn’t said adds to the sense of danger.”
Alan Wilkinson, Literary Reviewer

Due for release on 29th September, 2021

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A first-hand account of clerical abuse

The UK is a mostly secular population, yet most of us born in these islands were taught his ideas, by law.  St Augustine’s fourth century hair-shirt texts shape our society—our politics, our schools and how we relate to ourselves and each other.

In school we learn Augustine’s values, challenging enlightened notions of decency and fair play.  We are taught to say sorry for our wrongful actions and to cravenly beg for mercy.  In response we expect to be forgiven behind the back of the wronged victim.  According to polls, most of us reject religion later in life, but billions of neural connections made in our infant brains are not simply freed.

Following Augustine’s doctrine on penance, Church Eucharist services admit sin and beg forgiveness or mercy twenty-four times.  Grace and love are said twice.  In faith schools today, infants are taught to recite similar prayers, often by a cleric.  Teachers do not set out to sexualise pupils, but an authority figure causing a child to feel guilt and shame is a known child sexual grooming technique.

The UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse reports 100 new abuse cases by clerics each year, yet nothing in literature explains this deviance credibly.  Augustine claimed that humans are naturally wicked and we are predisposed to be sinfully lustful from birth.  In these pages we see how he was mistaken.  The possible influence that his ideas might have on the sexual abuse of altar boys and the callous neglect found in Ireland’s mother and baby homes, is studiously explored.

Multiple research papers endorsing religiosity are reviewed here, highlighting a lack of rigour.  And we discover why academics tend to shun this field of study.  The author suggests Augustine’s teaching might play a more influential role in child sexual abuse and adult mental well-being than has generally been recognised in mainstream social science.

This thought-provoking book fills a gap in the shelf, opening a compelling new front in the current wave of popular religious critiques and revitalising the ‘God Debate’.  The lucid descriptions of faith school drill and doctrine will stir readers who suppose Christianity is a benign influence, to think again.

Church rites and rituals play a subtle role in clerical child abuse, and in adult mental well-being

Author bio.

Michael Moloney is the pen name of an acclaimed British writer.  Raised a Roman Catholic, he served as acolyte to priests in churches and oratories in Ireland and England, where he encountered sexual abuse.  With the Vatican decrying critics of the church as “Friends of the Devil” he thought back to his schooldays.

He recalls the prayers of self-censure and remorse which are still recited in many faith schools today.  Having a sensitive nature is a positive attribute. It’s what makes us human. But imaginative and impressionable children are susceptible to corrosive feelings of guilt and shame. These feelings are sharpened by the ritual avowals of penitence decreed by St Augustine, whose texts are the bedrock of Christian belief in the Western Church.

Still performing in his local church choir, Michael has a lifetime of close connection with clerics and their drill and doctrines.  Reading about the evasiveness of church leaders in response to disclosures of child abuse, he resolved to draw attention to the punishing shame of religious worship in some schools today.

His new book documents how his faith schooling inculcated a flawed mental schema with a profound effect on his happiness and well-being.  Tracing his religious background, he explores and analyses the dark Augustinian ideas that can colour the thinking of both clerics and laity in the west.

In the final chapters, Lorna Graham, a schoolteacher for 26 years, brings faith schools to life depicting the struggle to educate pupils openly and objectively.

When we reject religion, billions of neural connections in our infant brains are not set free

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