Monday, December 1, 2008

Your Religion is NOT The Source For Altruism

To the extent that religion does promote altruism, it might actually be effective because adherents think that some authority figure is watching them to make sure they “do the right thing,” or because they want to maintain their reputations as righteous followers of religious teachings. Also, studies that do show a link between altruism and religion are often based on self-reports — subjects saying they did something unselfish, rather than direct observation of them doing so. This type of data is notoriously unreliable.
Continue reading about how we are inherently altruistic here.

1 comment:

Matt Schmidt said...

I don't actually think this goes far enough. Rather than religion being an outlet for developing morality, I think religion is an institution that takes advantage of our base morality for marketting purposes.

Like Disney.