Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)



First Advisor

Richard Crane


Christian Moral Disengagement and Exclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community Despite the overwhelming presence of evil in the world, it is incredibly rare to find people who will, in the moment, look at what they are doing and think that it is evil. Humans do not like to view themselves as evil, at least in ways that matter to them. In psychology, when there is a discrepancy between the way one sees themself and the way they think they ought to be, this is called dissonance. The discrepancy between evil’s presence in the world and people’s perceptions of the moral value of their actions can be attributed to psychological defense mechanisms that humans have in place to prevent from feeling dissonance when they engage in self-serving or sinful actions.