Are Religious People Less Compassionate?

Why are highly religious people are lesslikely to be moved by compassion than atheists, agnostics, and people who are religiously unaffiliated? After all, charity is a central tenet of most religious traditions.


But, according to a new study from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, that fact may be exactly why highly religious people are least likely to be moved by compassion.  In a series of experiments, the scientists found that nonreligious people were consistently compelled toward acts of generosity by feelings of compassion.