True intelligence and common sense, is the (regenerating) gift of God, for all men are naturally and totally depraved, corrupted, insane, and without ability to reason, due to the effects of sin. That is what we are witnessing in our attempt to just dialogue on TOL, let alone share our faith.
I have always had a visceral reaction to the idea of torture. At least since I saw them lowering Han Solo onto those nasty looking metal sharp things in The Empire Strikes Back. It is such a repugnant idea that it turns my stomach. The idea that people pay money to watch torture porn dreck like the Saw movies makes me wonder if I was born on the wrong planet, because there's no way I could be of the same species as these barbarians. It's inconceivable to me that a Christian could argue that it's ever acceptable to torture. Even torturers don't deserve to be tortured.
Now as for the rest of my erstwhile Recon brethren, I don't really recall the subject ever coming up while we were throwing back Guinness stout and roasting down cigars. I imagine a few would deploy some kind of "greater good" defense, while others would question them as to whether the ends justify the means. In other words, a lively Sunday School debate.
Why don't you have chat access? And how can you see what Doom has said on Chat? Just as well, for you do not need to be drawn into this. Doom is destroying himself with God and man, without either you or I participating. I have sent PMs to Knight and Delmar, which will probably go unanswered, but so be it.
I can only tell you that God saved me from being involved in mystical stuff that was much more dangerous and damaging than I realized at the time. Since I repented from involving myself in such darkness, I have rejected anything to do with it, rarely disclose my experiences, and never excuse it as being harmless.
I have read some Christian fictions that I have found harmless ( e.g. Blackwell) but they do not hold my interest for very long . . but that is just me. I much more enjoy reading history and biographies.