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Anxiety and Religious Extremism


Anxiety May Be at Root of Religious Extremism, Researchers Find

ScienceDaily (July 6, 2010) — Anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs, according to new findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100706103404.htm
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Reminds me of the saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes." I recently rewatched the movie Gettysburg. There were several references made in the movie, from soldiers on both sides of the war, saying in effect: "It makes you wonder which side God is on."
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Interesting article, Kat. Apparently the researchers found this correlation between "extreme" forms of religious belief and anxiety; not more contemplative or passive forms. So if I'm wildly anxious I'm less likely to meditate than start a holy war. RAM,
"reactive approach motivation/locked and loaded," indeed.

Chris
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Sure. The same is at the root of political extremism. Post WW1 Germany was a mess. The problem, as I see it at least, is that it is impossible to reason someone through anxiety. It takes on a life of its own.

Tere
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Anxiety is not about reason. It comes from a more primitive place in the brain. Anxiety is body-based, and can be reached through feeling with and feeling through. When we dichotomize religion and science, emotion and reason, anxiety aligns with the unreasoned. It is we, though, who make these distinctions based on reason. Touch can be emotional as well as physical. We can even touch minds in an unreasoned but deeply understood sense. Reason is much more limited and less effective than we like to believe.
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Libramoon says: "Reason is much more limited and less effective than we like to believe."

As a Deep South, Bible belt evangelist might say, can I have an amen.

Tere
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