Ross Douthat's old column on Tiger Woods' lamentable lack of Christianity was predictably stupid, but there is one especially interesting paragraph.
Christians believe in a personal God who forgives sins. Buddhists, as a rule, do not. And it’s at least plausible that Tiger Woods might welcome the possibility that there’s Someone out there capable of forgiving him, even if Elin Nordegren and his corporate sponsors never do.
Why should Woods use the Christian model of sin, forgiveness and repentance? It's not exactly the most successful model in the world. Tell someone he is born bad and can't overcome his bad nature. Tell him is is absolutely bound to sin because of the sinful actions of his earliest fictional ancestor. Tell him that his loving, all-powerful god will hand him over to his enemy in the fiery pits of hell where he will suffer for all eternity. Then say that all he has to do is beg his god for forgiveness and his sins will be wiped clean and he will have eternal life as a reward. Finally, tell him he is a sinner who is bound to sin again, and must be ready to ask for forgiveness again.
That's a nice soul there. Be a shame if something happened to it.
The underlying reason for the bad actions is almost an afterthought. It's not that Tiger Woods was controlled and molded by his father into the image his father wanted him to have. It's not the obvious issues with power, self-respect, pleasure and human dignity that Woods has. No, he breaks the Christian laws and therefore must beg the Christian god to forgive him. And when he breaks the Christian laws again he can be forgiven again, just like a good Christian--over and over and over.
But at least he honors his father. It would have been terribly sinful for him to do anything else.