Religious children less altruistic than atheists: study

RELIGIOUS children are less likely to share with others than atheist children, a new study has found.

The University of Chicago study examined 1100 children of no religion and those of Muslim, Christian and other religions as they played together.

The games played relied on sharing stickers with someone else, and findings showed more religious children "showed less generosity".

Study author Jean Decety said it also revealed children of atheist families were more altruistic than those from religious homes.

He said it was "generally admitted that religion shapes people's moral judgments", but the relationship between religion and morality was "a contentious one, and not always positive".

Mr Decety said the study showed that "religious people are less generous and not only adults but children too".

However, the study did show a trend that children of both non-religious and religious backgrounds became more generous as they aged.


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