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Recent study suggests that children of religious families are less altruistic, more punitive

The controversial claim from a new study is that children from religious backgrounds are less willing to share with others and are more judgmental when confronted with people demonstrating anti-social behavior.

The study was conducted among children from seven different countries and many backgrounds, although statistically only Christian, Muslim, and non-religious were considered large enough samples to derive results from; interestingly, the study methods don’t seem to have been adapted to different cultural contexts or conditions, with the same test being applied […]

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A sociologist in Las Vegas on atheism and morality

Is there a morality that isn’t grounded in religious faith? Who are the great thinkers and moralists of that movement? Sociologist Lori Fazzino tells an interviewer that atheists are misunderstood, and just as moral as Evangelical Christians, in an interview about her graduate work and personal spiritual history.

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Americans trending more liberal on questions of moral acceptability

Americans are moving left on the liberal/conservative spectrum when it comes to moral questions, by sizable growth in percentage points between 2001 and 2015, according to a Gallup poll announced yesterday.

Gay and lesbian relations showed the largest increase in Americans seeing them as morally acceptable, a jump of 23 percentage points from 40 percent in 2001 to 63 percent in 2015. The next highest jumps were in response to having a child out of wedlock (61 percent of Americans now […]

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Anxious to know: How would invisibility affect our moral compass?

“Follow-up studies should also investigate whether the feeling of invisibility affects moral decision-making, to ensure that future invisibility cloaking does not make us lose our sense of right and wrong, which Plato asserted over two millennia ago,” said the report’s co-author, Henrik Ehrsson.

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“The Moral Bucket List”-David Brooks on character

David Brooks, op-ed columnist for the New York Times, has just written “The Road to Character“, a book about the path to living as a moral person. Writing in the Times, he gives a few examples of the virtues he believes moral people possess, presenting a sort of ‘moral bucket list’.

Oliver Burkeman interviewed him in the Guardian for his book release, and the two spoke about the contradiction in his authorship on a book about humility and morality.

From the article:

David Brooks is aware […]

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Is free will an illusion? Krista Tippett hosts a discussion about the mind and morality

On Being, the Peabody-award winning radio show about the human condition, hosts a conversation between Michael McCullough, professor of psychology, and Arthur Zajonc, physicist, about morality and the ways our practices and thoughts may shape our morality.

Tippett and her guests discuss morality, the mind, and quantum mechanics as they gently debate predetermination, mechanistic morality, and the nature of free will.

The entire episode is archived on their site (audio | transcript) along with video of the discussion.

BBC4’s “A History of Ideas” has […]

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10 tips for dating a priest

a more healthy way to look at clerical life is to remember that it is supposed to be at its heart about being very much yourself and very much about living life with passion. That means all kinds of passion. Oh yes, that kind of passion too.

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It will take time to change the culture of dominance and denial, fear and disregard for the integrity of our bodies but many folks have been trying and I am hoping that more will join us to do so.

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