Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Wrath for God


This is a study to see if people (students, actually) would increase aggression if they thought it was being done "for God"... and they did. They did the study at Brigham Young University (99% believers in both God and the Bible) and at Vrije University in Amsterdam (half believers in God, one-fourth believers in the Bible). It might be surprising and interesting to note that even the non-believers showed more aggression when religion was a part of the game.

It seems very logical to me that if someone is regarded as a higher-up, and ruler, a father or mother-figure, or the object of great affection, admiration or fear, that one will try harder to please them, and do things that they might not personally agree with deep down. It's a little governing voice that you've heard before and in your heart you are hearing again, a voice that says "because I said so" and "prove that you love me". Why did many of the non-believers react the same way? Who can say? The participants would have to explain their actions and they did not include first-person accounts in the article. The top researcher theorizes that perhaps they were believers deep down in their hearts. I think that's because he is a professed believer... and that's what believers do. Their belief is so strong that non-belief seems impossible to them. The truth is that we don't know the answer.

Is this study really conclusive and does it explain anything? I doubt it (but then I'm a skeptic) [grin]

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MichaelBains said...

All it takes is a belief that something/someone knows more than one does themself, then we'll pretty much do anything we've not already forbidden ourself. 'Specially if there's a Huge payoff promised.

Trust. Belief. Faith. Whatevs.. They're a descending order of stand-ins for Knowledge when that precious commodity is absent or still forming.

Nice (sad) 'toon.

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