"Psychologists studying religion have tended, until recently, to focus on its role in psychological healing. But no longer: now they are beginning to investigate some of its less benign aspects.
A study published in this month's Psychological Science looks at the relation between aggression and recent exposure to accounts of Biblical violence.
Higher levels of aggression were measured in two groups of students: in those who were told that the passage was from the Bible and in those who had read that the violence was sanctioned by God."
Humaniststudies.org, Mar. 14, 2007