Connection between certain religious beliefs and the willingness to torture

May 6, 2009 | By | Reply More

There appears to be a correlation between some types of religious beliefs and the willingness to torture, according to a recent PEW study.

Skeptico looks at these results and asks some well-considered questions.  He concludes:

Even so, significant or not, these results hardly support the view that religion (specifically Christianity) provides a moral compass, or that reading the Bible or going to church is necessary for one to be moral or good.

Skeptico also recommends a visit to the page where the Skeptics Annotated Bible collects Bible passages concerning torture.  And no, not all of these passages promoting torture are from the Old Testament.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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