In his comment on my last post, Matt Langdon correctly points out that Zimbardo, in The Lucifer Effect, doesn’t just focus on evil. He also devotes some ink to the antidote: heroism. Zimbardo’s Lucifer Effect website has a section on heroism that goes into some detail explaining what he means. For Christians looking to see how this relates to Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross, Zimbardo’s definition of heroism sounds closer to  Peter Abelard’s moral theory of atonement than Anselm’s substitutionary theory. But whichever you prefer, I think it’s safe to say that for Christians, Jesus is the ultimate hero.

Speaking of theology, on taking a closer look at Zimbardo’s website I noticed that there is a link to a Lucifer Effect Theology Blog.