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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

UU minister co-blogs the 'Lucifer Effect.'

Here's an interesting blog that presents two ministers — one Unitarian Universalist, one Presbyterian — writing back and forth as they respond to Philip Zambardo's provocative book, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. The blog, Lucifer Goes to Church, is part of the publicity site for Zambardo's book. The UU minister, Jennifer Brooks, tells me the site should be getting RSS soon.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 11 September 2007 at 9:03 PM

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September 12, 2007 06:26 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks for this mention. I hadn't heard of the book, and it sounds like a must-read for those of us trying to cope with clergy misconduct. Years ago when things were really bad in my world, I used to wonder not so much about Hitler himself as the average person in Hitler's world. I wasn't surprised to learn, for example, that the French Resistance was really very small. I don't usually voice these thoughts, since such things are much worse than what I experienced. Nonetheless, it's clear to me there's a continuum, and the way congregations and denominations typcially respond to misconduct is on it.


September 12, 2007 08:09 AM | Permalink for this comment

Two excellent books that offer a study in contrasts about how people respond to evil were on the reading list for my "comparative religious ethics" class: Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland (the disturbing story of regular people going along with extraordinary brutality) and Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed: The Story of the Village of Le Chambon and How Goodness Happened There (the story of a French Protestant village that defied the Nazis and saved thousands of Jewish children). Highly recommended.


September 15, 2007 09:01 AM | Permalink for this comment

I bought this book upon reading this and have really been learning a lot.


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