How Does Religion Shape Compassion?

A GGSC-sponsored study found that compassion is less important for moving religious people to perform acts of kindness. But that doesn’t mean they are less compassionate!

 

Last week, we reported the results of a GGSC-sponsored study about the relationship between compassionate action and religious belief.
The results? People higher in compassion performed real world acts of kindness more frequently than those with less—which is no surprise….

 

I was invited to discuss the study on “The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann,” which titled the segment, “Who’s more compassionate… atheists or fundamentalists?”

 

By Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas