Wrath, in the name of a Vengeful God
Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'
The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society,
a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.
“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies. Mahablog's post; More Religion = More Violence?
, explores the idea further asking, "Are we a screwy nation because of religion, or are we a religious nation because we are screwy?"
I tend to think that Christianity is often used as a form of social identification (as G. D. Frogsdong recently encountered)
and as a means to validate ideas and actions that allow for overlooking simple humanity. If God is a vengeful God, then it's ok to be vengeful ourselves. It allows for whatever a prescribed religion states as sinful to be clouded in wrath without further thoughfulness. Screwy, indeed.
posted by Cyndy