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Most sociopaths are atheists? So says screen star Denzel Washington

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A while back, we noted that a researcher was arguing that a high proportion of atheists were autistic. Not content with that, actor Denzel Washington, explaining how he psyched himself up for his role in the movie Safe House, has said,

“There‘s a book I read called ’The Sociopath Next Door.’ And — I read something from it every day before I would go on the set. It really became my guide. When you think of a sociopath…you think of someone violent. The overwhelming majority of sociopaths aren’t violent. They just have a desire to win. They just don’t have a conscience — they don’t have it. The majority of them are atheists as well. So that was the book that was sort of my Bible if you will…in preparation for this part.”

Apparently, he told another interviewer something similar.

We can’t imagine where Washington found the time to qualify in psychiatry.

We are now beginning to wonder if we made a mistake when we called attention to fat atheists – we were only trying to help (and to make a point about irrelevant abuse) – but we may have inadvertently started a trend.

It’s like when you open a can of pop that you don’t realize has been shaken up …

Washington goes bad in Safe House:

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7 Replies to “Most sociopaths are atheists? So says screen star Denzel Washington

  1. 1
    Clive Hayden says:

    I’ve seen this movie, and I wouldn’t say that his character is bad, he’s just a contientious objector to a shady government agency that has a few bad agents in charge.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Here is a video on the book Denzel read:

    The Sociopath Next Door • Martha Stout • Part 1 – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMYVpFwLRIk

    here’s the Amazon link:

    The Sociopath Next Door [Hardcover] – Martha Stout
    http://www.amazon.com/Sociopat.....076791581X

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    ScottAndrews2 says:

    I’ll play devil’s advocate, just because I find Denzel Washington an odd source.

    It’s widely believed that many causes of sociopathy are environmental. That raises the question, are most parents of sociopaths atheists?

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    mike1962 says:

    It does not follow that if most sociopaths are atheists, most atheists are sociopaths. So what’s the point?

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    Axel says:

    That its seems unlikely to be without any appreciable significance?

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    Bantay says:

    Paul Vitz makes an interesting case that many atheists suffer from non-existent or lack of effective fathering in

    http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Fa.....1890626252

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    gensci says:

    Interesting correlation, especially the one about girth vs. atheism! That made me laugh….

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