#TraumaTheory Chapter 27

Healing v Recovery or Science v Faith Healing




A recent study in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science turns up a range of results that appear to support my theory that trauma lays behind the fear felt by the religious when encountering the facts of life.

What If They’re Right About the Afterlife? Evidence of the Role of Existential Threat on Anti-Atheist Prejudice

Corey L. Cook 1
Florette Cohen 2
Sheldon Solomon 3

1 Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, Tacoma, WA, USA
2 College of Staten Island CUNY, New York, NY, USA
3 Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Corey L. Cook, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma, 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402, USA. Email: clcook1@uw.edu

Abstract

Terror management theory posits that the uniquely human awareness of death gives rise to potentially paralyzing terror that is assuaged by embracing cultural worldviews that provide a sense that one is a valuable participant in a meaningful universe. We propose that pervasive and pronounced anti-atheist prejudices stem, in part, from the existential threat posed by conflicting worldview beliefs. Two studies were conducted to establish that existential concerns contribute to anti-atheist sentiments. Experiment 1 found that a subtle reminder of death increased disparagement, social distancing, and distrust of atheists. Experiment 2 found that asking people to think about atheism increased the accessibility of implicit death thoughts. These studies provide the first empirical link between existential concerns and anti-atheist prejudices.

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THE FACTS:

A child in an emotionally & mentally healthy family and community has no need for the presence of a God no matter the offered rewards, no matter the sophistry and deception of claimed and real threats

No Australian Christian religion aspires to the basic principle of providing Human Rights to Children. The horror of it is that children in Australia by definition are secondary and the property of the religion of their parents and their political representatives.