Vanier & Bikram

A Strange but Illuminating Comparison

It was not long ago that the disclosure of Jean Vanier's sexual abuses lurched disturbingly across the news, accompanied by various attestations of disbelieving grief. Vanier, an author and speaker, had been widely esteemed as a paragon of virtue, a model for the Christian life, and an important voice in recovering a lost sense of community in the West. Most importantly, perhaps, he was the founder of l'Arche, a network of homes for people with intellectual disabilities. What has now been revealed is that, in the background, Vanier was manipulating staff and volunteers to engage in sex acts rationalized by . . .

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Jeremy M. Rios is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of St. Andrew's and an ordained minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. He has written or co-authored five books,including, with Jerry and Claudia Root, Naked and unashamed: A Guide to the Necessary Work of Christian Marriage (Paraclete Press, 2018). His academic work focuses on theological anthropology in the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Charles Williams. Jeremy and his wife have four children.


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