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-Is a Christian View of Marriage Now Psychotic?

by Dr. D ~ September 28th, 2015


A recent study claims that those who hold traditional Christian views about marriage and homosexuality may be mental ill and even psychotic. Here’s the story from the Christian Post:

The study by Giancomo Ciocca et. al., "Psychoticism, Immature Defense Mechanisms and a Fearful Attachment Style are Associated with a Higher Homophobic Attitude," was published in the September 2015 issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

It claims to find that "homophobia" is associated with psychosis and other forms of mental illness.

The study, however, operationalizes both the dependent and independent variables (what is being explained and what explains), homophobia and psychosis, such that anyone who holds a Christian worldview will be labeled both psychotic and homophobic. So, unsurprisingly, the authors found a correlation.

In statistics, an "intervening variable" explains the relationship between an independent and dependent variable. In this case, the intervening variable is a Christian worldview (which could mean Christians, non-Christians steeped in a Christian culture, or simply those with a worldview similar to a Christian worldview).

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Response: This is not real science but an activist driven rather convenient excuse to attack the traditional Bible based Christian view of homosexuality, marriage, and the Christian world view in general.

This takes the battle to an entirely different level. Activists in this case are not just trying to ‘regularize’ homosexuality and same-sex marriage but are seeking to condemn all those who oppose it as crazy and maybe even dangerous.

On the other hand, I can’t imagine anyone really taking this research serious, at least not at the present time. Nevertheless, the study will probably be used in sympathetic academic circles and may gain some credibility among those who oppose traditional Christianity.               *Top

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