Are Highly Religious People Less Compassionate?

A provocative new study from the University of California, Berkeley suggests highly religious individuals are less likely to help a stranger than less religious… 


Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not,” said UC Berkeley social psychologist Dr. Robb Willer, a co-author of the study.


“The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns.”