alexa "I would kill in God's name:" role of sex, weekly church attendance, report of a religious experience, and limbic lability.


Journal of Socialomics

Author(s): Persinger MA

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Abstract Data collected during the last 15 years for the Personal Philosophy Inventory from 1.48 thousand university men (n = 629) and women (n = 853) were analyzed to discern the response characteristics of individuals who stated "yes" to Item 136 "If God told me to kill, I would do it in His name." The percentage (7\%, range between 2\% and 8\% per year) of affirmative responses did not change significantly over time. The odds ratio for men: women for an affirmative response was 1.4:1. As predicted a four-way interaction for sex, weekly church attendance, history of a religious experience, and elevated complex partial epileptic-like signs was statistically significant. Of the men who reported a religious experience, attended church weekly, and displayed elevated complex partial epileptic like signs (5.7\% of all males), 44\% stated they would kill another person if God told them to do so. This article was published in Percept Mot Skills and referenced in Journal of Socialomics

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