Monday, August 6, 2012

The corrupting influence of religion: groupthink

"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently."   Friedrich Nietzsche

It is fairly well established that religions tend to promote in-group prejudice.  Conformity is a cardinal virtue of religious faith, particularly conformity to the dictates of an authority figure.  It is no wonder that believers tend to distrust and marginalize those who think differently.

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