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Are Religious Children Meaner than their Secular Counterparts?


Since the release of a Pew Research Center report last spring on the “Changing Religious Landscape,” media outlets have suggested that the declines in Church affiliation indicate that the United States is becoming a nation that has given up on God.  NPR claims that Americans—especially young Americans—have lost their faith.  Now, a study reported in The Guardian tells readers that the loss of religion may actually be a blessing. Reporting on a study published in the peer-reviewed journal Current Biology,The Guardian claims that “Religious Children are Meaner Than Their Secular Counterparts.”

Claiming that religious belief is a negative influence on children’s altruism, The Guardian quotes Keith Porteus Wood of the UK National Secular Society, who lauds the study as a “welcome antidote to the presumption that religion is a prerequisite of morality … this goes some way to undoing the idea that religious ethics are innately superior to the secular outlook.”

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