Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christians, Is This Placebo Effect?

I would just call it another support for the broken windows theory, but I don't have to explain why some deities are real, and other's aren't but for some reason still have the same effect as the real one(s). Briefly: someone (an atheist as it turns out) placed a Buddha statue in a bad part of Oakland, and crime and littering in the area dropped quickly and dramatically. Christians and Muslims, is this proof of the power of the Buddha?


theonomist said...

I would say this is what I would expect if man has the "Imago Dei" imprinted upon his soul, which is what Christianity asserts. Mankind can also be superstitious. Put the two together and you have someone more aware of his guilt when confronted with any type of religious idol, thus less apt to commit his crime.

Michael Caton said...

So (to make sure I understand) - the religious iconography (Christian or otherwise) triggers more moral behavior, which occurs because there's a godly element there in the first place, is that correct? My question is for those who would argue that Christianity specifically is necessary for morality, rather than religious symbolism in general. It sounds like you're not arguing that, and you're saying that religious symbols generally, Christian or otherwise, will make people behave better.

theonomist said...

You're correct in understanding me.

Regarding the question about arguing Christianity is necessary for morality, this is a misunderstanding of the "moral argument." To argue against it is to argue against a straw man.

Have you read C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity?" The first part of it is a very eloquent way of explaining the actual argument.