Today’s post is at The Stream: Academics Increasingly See Christianity as a Sickness to be ‘Treated’.
There is a trend in academia to seek for materialistic explanations of religion, particularly Christianity. In these researches, it is a premise that supernatural justifications for belief in God and the desire to worship are without ground. It follows that acts oriented toward the supernatural are in error or are groundless. That being so, the source of these errors, which lead to harm, must be rooted out.
There are “God centers” in the brain, some say. These centers can be “treated” with magnets, claim others. Religion is “child abuse” is a common trope. Lack of education, sheer mental incapability, and, as we shall see, indoctrination are put forward as plausible explanations for why many still “cling” to religion. Some bold researchers even suggest rancid smells drives people towards traditionalist principles.
These activities are becoming increasingly public, with researchers asking us to take seriously the thesis that transcendence-based religion is a pathology or a malady that requires treatment. A typical example was found recently in Salon in the article “The sad, twisted truth about conservative Christianity’s effect on the mind”, by Marlene Winell and Valerie Tarico, who assert Bible-based Christianity is “toxic”…
This really needs a longer essay, with a lot more proof. Regular readers who follow my collection of asinine uses of statistics will recognize the gist, but the full scope needs to be explicated. We need to know the extent throughout academia, the range of study types, the seriousness, and much more. And so the Stream has asked me to do that. Stick around.
I have a pretty large collection already, but it needs fleshing out.