Posted: Mar 12, 2018 9:53 am
by Animavore
I think the reason they get worse the stronger belief is because they really believe in that hell shite. To turn the famous saying on its head, the road to saving people from hell is paved with good intentions.

You hear it when you talk to some Christians when they say that until the World turns to Christ we won't have World peace. For them the very fact of different cultures, religions and languages is itself the problem (as per Tower of Babel). If only they'd all fly straight and follow the True Belief then these problems would go away. Some even go as far as saying it's not just the harm we do to each other which goes away, but even all the natural ailments and disasters which befall us, as they are a result of our sinning.

It's not hard to see how you can go from that to Aquinas recommending that killing heretics is for the greater good. It's not good enough that the heretic takes himself to hell, he says, but he has to take others with him. For Aquinas this is merely taking down a perp. to protect the innocent. The morality of shooting a crazed gunman to save the lives of others taken to belief.