instruere...inlustrare...delectare Disputations

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Just a good-looking rebel who plays by his own rules

A question: Is there a feminine religious attraction to heresy analogous to the [alleged] feminine romantic attraction to "bad boys"?

If so, I'd guess it would have to be most prevalent in religious congregations and among women raised in traditionally religious families. If you don't have any rules, you can't have any rebels.

Moreover, it wouldn't be an attraction that could be overcome by reason. The sounder the proof that a belief is heresy, the more attractive the belief would become.