HERE’s bad news: “Religious” kids are meaner than atheist ones

childkindnessA study published in Current Biology says that (these are the highlights)

  • Family religious identification decreases children’s altruistic behaviors

  • Religiousness predicts parent-reported child sensitivity to injustices and empathy

  • Children from religious households are harsher in their punitive tendencies.

Does that not suck? You can read more here, and thanks DickG., for the link.

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  1. (I’m sorry if this repeated but my browser crashed on the first attempt and I can’t verify if it went through.)

    Overall, our findings cast light on the cultural input of religion on prosocial behavior and contradict the common-sense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind toward others. More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, support- ing the idea that the secularization of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness—in fact, it will do just the opposite.

    You’re surprised by this? Really?

    When you look at all the prejudice, authoritarianism, intolerance and punitive attitudes, (the very opposite of prosocial behavior), plaguing humanity for the last two or three thousand years, where do you think the bulk of it comes from? Atheism? As it states in the study, the irreligious have never ruled this planet. The Noble Lie, (which really isn’t so noble…is it?), goes back to the very beginnings of what white folk consider civilization.

    It’s just common sense that children who are not taught the hate and discontent that produces bigotry and intolerance will not exhibit the fear and loathing inherent in such teaching.

    The Abrahamic religions found in the study have not built their churches on foundations of altruism. Quite the opposite.

  2. In my experience the majority of people who claim to be religious want to be right more than they want to be righteous.

  3. It does suck. I’m not a big fan of the conclusion, however, because churches and religious beliefs are as diverse as can be. Some churches/religions are focused on judgment, dogma and scripture, and some are focused more on love, acceptance and service. Maybe the second is in the minority, which sucks big time.

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