This article by IFLScience reviews the results of a recent study on religion and morality. Specifically, over 1,000 children from six countries were tested to see how generous and punitive they were. The study found that children from non-religious households were more generous, and that children from Muslim households were more punitive. However, only children that came from families that identified as Muslim, Christian, or non-religious were included in the study and the different types or degree of devotion wasn’t accounted for.
The article also discusses some previous research performed on people in over 67 countries that found that different religious beliefs led to different crime rates. For example, people that believed in hell had lower crime rates, while belief in heaven led to higher crime rates.
I found this article to be very interesting. At the end, it acknowledges that both religion and morality can mean a variety of different things. There are so many kinds of religion and degrees of devotion that it becomes a very complicated thing to evaluate. Additionally, morality can vary from person to person and depends a great deal on personal experience. However, I thought it was a really interesting thing to think about.
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