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Harvard Prof. Blames Christianity’s ‘Malignant’
Belief in Afterlife for Lockdown Protests

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Posted By: Zarin, 5/24/2020 12:39:38 PM

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker said Thursday that the push for reopening society from lockdowns comes from Christianity’s “malignant delusion” of belief in an afterlife. Atheists who believe in this life alone are more concerned with health and safety, Professor Pinker suggested in a Tweet, while Christians tend to devalue “actual lives” and live a riskier existence. Belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, since it devalues actual lives and discourages action that would make them longer, safer, and happier. Exhibit A: What’s really behind Republicans wanting a swift reopening? Evangelicals. — Steven Pinker (@sapinker) May 21, 2020


This remark is reprehensible. I have heard Steven Pinker talk with Jordan Peterson. He seemed to make some sense in other lectures and I truly respected his knowledge & some of his viewpoints. However this last thing shows his prejudice against anybody who believes in God & the continues life of the soul.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: clipped wings 5/24/2020 12:55:31 PM (No. 420640)
Does one have to be disgusting, espousing radical viewpoints, to be a "Harvard Prof? 'Twould seem so.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: lakerman1 5/24/2020 12:59:20 PM (No. 420645)
belief in an afterlife is a malignant delusion, says the psychologist. But I would bet he finds Dr. Rachel Levine to be rational in Levine's belief that he, a man, is a woman. and Levine taught psychiatry at Penn State's Medical School. Levine is Pa Health Commissioner.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Ming 5/24/2020 1:01:56 PM (No. 420648)
Once again a Harvard professor proves going to Harvard isn't worth the expense in both time and money.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: worried 5/24/2020 1:02:28 PM (No. 420649)
Remember that saying from WW2? "There are no atheists in foxholes."
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Quigley 5/24/2020 1:02:45 PM (No. 420651)
Boy, is he incoherent.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: wilarrbie 5/24/2020 1:05:51 PM (No. 420657)
How about, in the words of Jimmy Cliff - I'd rather be a free man in my grave Than living as a puppet or a slave....
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Newtsche 5/24/2020 1:08:33 PM (No. 420659)
Googling Pinker pics, I see a guy who seems to think a lot of himself, a career long image cultivated in mirrors everywhere. I suspect he sees the center of the universe. Maybe my read is wrong, I doubt it.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: FormerDem 5/24/2020 1:14:35 PM (No. 420673)
There's a reason so many hospitals are named after saints, which is that health care is a thing the Church did. And does. Handed it over as something the unbelievers supposedly could do, which didn't work out all that well since they want to Guide Demography and keep having thoughtful nuanced crises over whether it is really a good idea to take care of the sick or not.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: hershey 5/24/2020 1:17:03 PM (No. 420681)
But when your stupid rear end gets in trouble you call 911 and pray a copper gets there in time??? Don't want to be around you when you finally meet God and he takes care of you...
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Reply 10 - Posted by: synchronicity 5/24/2020 1:32:43 PM (No. 420694)
As Einstein said, there are only two ways to live your life. One is as if there are no miracles. The other is as if everything is a miracle. I've experienced a miracle so according to Einstein that makes everything a miracle. I feel sorry for Mr. Pinker, he lives so much in his head that he can't experience the miracle of creation and how it echoes in everything including Mr. Pinker.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: jasmine 5/24/2020 1:39:01 PM (No. 420700)
Why single out Christianity for belief in an afterlife?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RCFLyer98 5/24/2020 1:42:17 PM (No. 420704)
Hmmm . . . . Harvard was created to train clergy, imagine that. My oh my, have times have changed. What is it that Proverbs says about fools? Prov. 18:2, "A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion." There are many others, too.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: bighambone 5/24/2020 1:48:10 PM (No. 420709)
Psychology is not an exact science. Sometimes one is better to shut up, rather than play the fool! Someday this Professor is going to knock on the Pearly Gates and explain his finding that Christianity has a malignant view of afterlife, who knows what will occur after that.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: bpl40 5/24/2020 2:01:15 PM (No. 420722)
And how - in heaven's name - does the good professor KNOW there is no after life?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: RedWhite&Blue2 5/24/2020 2:08:54 PM (No. 420735)
When he says malig-Nancy... He’s right! s/
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Reply 16 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 5/24/2020 2:09:19 PM (No. 420737)
Oh where to start. Just look around and one realizes that humanity, life, the world, and the universe are not a product on random chance. There is a design which means there is a designer, a God. Life without God or an afterlife gets rather meaningless. After all, what would be the point of existence? A person that believes in God realizes their life has meaning. Atheists value life more than people religious people? Wouldn't bet on that. How many tyrants have been atheists throughout history? Hitler and Stalin come to mind. A person that thinks life is pointless has no values. Who fears death more? A person that believes in God and an afterlife or a person that believes everything ends at death? Most likely, a Godless person fears death more.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: joew9 5/24/2020 2:43:07 PM (No. 420765)
And apparently beach goers must believe in afterlife too. And all the other large groups of people defying the lockdown - are they all afterlife believers? What an idiot. He just harbors irrational hate for Christians is all. And that's what we've come to expect from Ivy League Professors.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: padiva 5/24/2020 2:44:53 PM (No. 420768)
I want 'This is the end of the beginning.' on my tombstone.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: DVC 5/24/2020 2:46:20 PM (No. 420772)
The malignant professor needs to have his nasty, fascist attitude adjusted.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: planetgeo 5/24/2020 2:52:31 PM (No. 420781)
Somebody please ask Dr. Pinker how that belief of his squares with the complete lack of value that atheists have for the life of a human fetus and their casual acceptance of both the killing and callous disposition of the remains of that human life.
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Reply 21 - Posted by: chance_232 5/24/2020 2:56:13 PM (No. 420787)
My reasons for wanting to reopen are almost entirely economically motivated. My other motivation is rooted in my belief in freedom. The afterlife never entered my thinking
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Reply 22 - Posted by: GoodDeal 5/24/2020 3:01:48 PM (No. 420796)
And God asked the professor, Are you saying that i am not?
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Reply 23 - Posted by: farmwife 5/24/2020 3:16:04 PM (No. 420806)
I do believe in an afterlife. And I also believe in living this life. And I'm not going to live it in a bunker.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: wakeupcall 5/24/2020 3:18:50 PM (No. 420808)
If we ever have another fighting war only the atheists, apostates, should be sent to fight as they love this life so dearly they should be the ones fighting to preserve their life.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: ricktutt 5/24/2020 3:20:16 PM (No. 420810)
Wow, that professor will have a huge surprise when he dies!
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Reply 26 - Posted by: Geoman 5/24/2020 3:44:04 PM (No. 420822)
Re: #11: - I suspect Pinker is singling out Christianity because he wants to keep his head attached to his neck.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: oldmagnolia 5/24/2020 3:46:37 PM (No. 420825)
I stopped reading after Harvard psychology professor. They are not worth a dime.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: franq 5/24/2020 3:55:52 PM (No. 420828)
Harvard professors. Is there anything they don't know?
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Reply 29 - Posted by: scottj 5/24/2020 4:47:55 PM (No. 420859)
"Christians tend to devalue “actual lives”. That coming from a baby murderer. Priceless.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: dst4life 5/24/2020 4:58:25 PM (No. 420864)
When I was working as a psychiatric nurse, my unit manager said there is a grain of truth in someone's delusion. Indeed, there is a grain of truth in PINKER'S delusion that that we are much safer with lockdowns. But unfortunately, his delusion is causing increased suicides, increased drug use, poverty, mass unemployment, etc. Pinker's fantasies, IMHO, disqualify him from teaching college or being anywhere near the field of mental health. And his being at Harvard means the inmates are running the asylum.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: SALady 5/24/2020 5:53:50 PM (No. 420909)
Wow, how many times today are lie-berals going to keep showing their true evil colors??? Seriously, lie-berals have always believed this garbage. They hate Christianity, but would never so blatantly say it so publicly. Now they almost brag about their evil beliefs!!!
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Reply 32 - Posted by: anniebc 5/24/2020 6:50:33 PM (No. 420949)
The fool has said in his heart, there is no God. No God, no afterlife. One thing is for sure, you may not believe today, but one day you will.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: dirtyjersey 5/24/2020 6:59:50 PM (No. 420958)
If he said this about any other religion he would be shouted down until he resigned. But it’s ok for him to pick on a religion that he clearly does has no clue about.
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Reply 34 - Posted by: columba 5/24/2020 7:07:51 PM (No. 420962)
Jesus Christ himself pointed out that some people would accept his teaching and some would not.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: Namma 5/24/2020 7:40:00 PM (No. 420975)
Prof Pinker. Which group defends the unborn babies. Which group say that assisted or any suicide is wrong. Which group says infanticide is wrong. Which group says euthanasia is wrong. Which group defends life. This life. Life on earth. You sir are among the group that devalues life. Here on earth and life in heaven. What a sorry bunch of people you are.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: udanja99 5/24/2020 7:56:51 PM (No. 420986)
I long ago came to believe that the reason that all atheists are angry bitter people is that they think they have nothing to look forward to. They believe that this life is all they’re going to get and they aren’t happy or satisfied with their lives. I’ve had miscarriages and I look forward to the afterlife where I will finally get to meet those children.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: WesternTradition 5/24/2020 8:39:07 PM (No. 421019)
I have never liked Steven Pinker's opinions about God and the afterlife. You cannot disprove God. He seems to lack something in his personality that make him hostile to the idea of a Supreme Being.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: Chuzzles 5/24/2020 8:41:25 PM (No. 421021)
What a disgusting excuse for a professor. Even worse, are the parents who pay for this creature to lecture to their kids.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: red1066 5/24/2020 9:03:19 PM (No. 421038)
It's a shame Harvard will one of the colleges to survive the collapse of colleges caused by the shutdown. They have billions of dollars to spare unlike most colleges.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: RuckusTom 5/24/2020 10:18:48 PM (No. 421068)
Muslims only get 72 virgins in the afterlife if they die a martyr.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 5/24/2020 11:03:37 PM (No. 421087)
I had to google to see what he looks like. Another maven. Somehow I don't think none of the experts at Harvard bloviate about Muzlims. So Steven, I don't come by your office to ridicule your opinion, so back off of mine. BTW You could use a haircut.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 5/25/2020 7:55:03 AM (No. 421255)
There is an afterlife. Where one's fate is determined by belief in Christ's atoning work on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and repentance that we as sinners daily need to be forgiven! The Harvard degree will mean nothing in Heaven or Hell! Choose wisely. The time is short!
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Reply 43 - Posted by: 4Justice 5/25/2020 8:40:23 AM (No. 421311)
So, he is saying it is better to live in poverty, depression, without freedom and possibly in total misery rather than to take a small risk and live life to the fullest?? Nobody is rushing to die. Not even devout believers in an afterlife. I guess this why so many atheists support tyranny and socialism. They like being told how to live and staying in misery, as long as they feel they can have a little safety. So, what'll it be, prof? Maybe live to 98 but possibly as a poor slave who lost everything you worked for while staying shut in your home with nothing to do? Or possibly live to 50, 60, 70, or possibly even 98 and have a comfortable, happy life you created on your own?
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