Study Of Compassion In Atheists, Faithful Yields Big Surprise

Atheists and agnostics are more driven by compassion to help others than are highly religious people, a new study finds…

 

“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,” study co-author and University of California, Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer said in a statement. “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.”

 

By: LiveScience Staff

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