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In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more generous. For highly religious people, however, compassion was largely unrelated to how generous they were, according to the findings which are published in the most recent online issue of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science
The results challenge a widespread assumption that acts of generosity and charity are largely driven by feelings of empathy and compassion, researchers said. In the study, the link between compassion and generosity was found to be stronger for those who identified as being non-religious or less religious.
When they looked into how much compassion motivated participants to be charitable in such ways as giving money or food to a homeless person, non-believers and those who rated low in religiosity came out ahead: "These findings indicate that although compassion is associated with pro-sociality among both less religious and more religious individuals, this relationship is particularly robust for less religious individuals," the study found.
In the second experiment, 101 American adults watched one of two brief videos, a neutral video or a heartrending one, which showed portraits of children afflicted by poverty. Next, they were each given 10 "lab dollars" and directed to give any amount of that money to a stranger. The least religious participants appeared to be motivated by the emotionally charged video to give more of their money to a stranger.
"Overall, this research suggests that although less religious people tend to be less trusted in the U.S., when feeling compassionate, they may actually be more inclined to help their fellow citizens than more religious people," Willer said.
That type of personality lends itself beautifully to logic and analytical thinking, not so much to more emotionally based things like empathy or compassion.
Originally posted by InspirationEverywhere
"Being an atheist is self-evidently life affirming in a way religion can never be"
Richard Dawkins said this and I think it ties in with the article.
Without a heaven to come, non-religious people must learn to totally appreciate the here and now. Not waiting for a holistic tomorrow.
There is no heaven for me,
I must understand that paradise, equality and enlightenment are here, right here, for me to experience. Compassion walks toe in toe with that, as this may be MY very last moment,
may be YOUR very last moment.
Non-religious people live with this every second and are compassionate to others because of it. Well, more compassionate than the religious folks,who with contempt in their words, think my actions will have me burning in hell.
Logic and analytical thinking is the prerequisite to emotion in some cases. Meaning... the more that someone is to analyze the conditions of other people and the circumstances that surround them, then gives construct towards the emotions that one generates.
Originally posted by Iason321
reply to post by MESSAGEFROMTHESTARS
another anti-Christian propaganda thread on ATS,
not really surprising.....
Jesus *strongly* denounces those who *falsely* claim to worship the true God:
“*Many will say* to me: ‘Lord, did we not prophesy, expel demons, & perform many powerful works in your name?’ Yet I will confess to them: *I never knew you! Get away from me*, you workers of lawlessness. --Matthew 7:21-23
"You hypocrites, Isaiah aptly prophesied about you: ‘This people honors me with their lips, yet their heart is far removed from me. It is in vain that they keep worshiping... because *they teach commands of men* as doctrines.’” --Matthew 15:7,8
"“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees [the false religious leaders of his day, which correspond to those of today], hypocrites! because you resemble whitewashed graves, which outwardly indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of dead men’s bones and of every sort of uncleanness. In that way you also, outwardly indeed, appear righteous to men, but inside *you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness*." --Matthew 23:27,28