The Story: A new study says Calvinists are prone to believe “myths” that may lead them to justify domestic violence. But is their evidence to support this claim?
The Background: Psychologist Steven Sandage, a professor of psychology of religion and theology at Boston University, recently published a study in the Journal of Psychology and Spirituality which implies that Calvinism sometimes justifies or rationalizes violence against women.
In an interview with BU Today, Sandage summarizes his research by saying,“Many Christian theologies emphasize the possibility of finding meaning…
Do Calvinists Believe Myths That Justify Domestic Violence?
I remember getting the autograph of a Major League Baseball star when I was a boy. I remember my admiration for this player (whose identity is best not revealed) and how I treasured his signature. Then I learned what a nasty person he was. He had a reputation for lying, cheating, and mistreating others. My admiration turned to contempt.
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The standard saga of modern American evangelicalism has been told time and again. It goes something like this: mid-20th-century American evangelicals broke away from fundamentalists, re-engaged society, created the Religious Right in the late 1970s, launched divisive culture wars, and radically transformed politics.
The sketch isn’t entirely wrong—but it’s not the whole story. Viewed mostly through a domestic lens, the mainstream perspective of American evangelicalism has been nearsighted. To see the bigger picture, we need a global lens.
This is exactly what Melani McAlister—professor of American studies, international affairs, and media and public affairs at The George Washington University—provides in…