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← Is Christian morality psychopathic?

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Comment 11 by Stevehill :

Begging to differ, but the title here is wrong. It's not about whether "Christian morality" is psychopathic.

It's about whether some Christians' view of hell, as interpreted by Craig, is psychopathic - and on that definition I'd have no problem agreeing.

But billions of Christians do not believe the psychopathic version on which Harris's thesis depends. Even the Catholics have abandoned "limbo" (where unbaptised kids go until they hopefully merit a place in heaven); mainstream Christian doctrine is not that every dead Hindu infant burns forever, but that they'll probably be OK because they never knew any different.

You misunderstood what Sam was saying. The reason it's psychopathic is that they believe morality is simply issued by a competent authority. That's the way children at risk for psychopathy think. Like Sam says, children at risk for psychopathy think it's ok to punch other children if the teacher says it's ok. Normal children do not.

Tue, 24 May 2011 21:48:38 UTC | #630452