1) Some children are taught to believe in a regular catholic ontology to be true and factual
2) This ontology includes real torture for those who choose not to believe in it, or believe in it and break it’s laws (even those ones which are not what we would consider part of normal liberal morality).
3) Is it thus possible that the imposition of hell as an idea authoritatively decried as truth could be construed as something other than psychological torture?
I’m serious – can anyone please disprove this?
The “if you choose not to believe in it, then the idea of hell looses its impact anyway” objection fails, I think, because the notion of hell as a possibly real threat remains in the choice of whether to believe or not, and therefore influences (in quite a perverse manner), that choice.