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Why “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” Doesn't Work

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(The post below is written by Dr. Mark Hoffarth, a former PhD student in the lab who is currently a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University.

You can learn more about his research at his website.) Religion can be an important source of unity. Many of our most important social bonds are with our religious communities.

Religious teachings around the world emphasize love and understanding as cornerstone values of their faith. At the same time, religion can also divide us, and promote hatred and intolerance of those seen as outsiders or condemned by their religion (Burch-Brown & Baker, 2016).

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