Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers


Highly religious people are less motivated by compassion than are non-believers

UC Berkeley study finds atheists, agnostics and less religious people are more driven by compassion to be generous

“Love thy neighbor” is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people.

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 July 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.

“Overall, we find that for less religious people, the strength of their emotional connection to another person is critical to whether they will help that person or not,” said UC Berkeley social psychologist Robb Willer, a co-author of the study. “The more religious, on the other hand, may ground their generosity less in emotion, and more in other factors such as doctrine, a communal identity, or reputational concerns.”

Compassion is defined in the study as an emotion felt when people see the suffering of others which then motivates them to help, often at a personal risk or cost.

While the study examined the link between religion, compassion and generosity, it did not directly examine the reasons for why highly religious people are less compelled by compassion to help others. However, researchers hypothesize that deeply religious people may be more strongly guided by a sense of moral obligation than their more non-religious counterparts.”http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-04/uoc–hrp043012.php

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It doesn’t surprise me really. I know this to be true ,through studying some personal experiences i’ve had . Theists do tend to lack greatly in compassion

So soon, i do intend to be sharing more about a few personal experiences, i’ve had with Christians.Of the Exclusive Brethren, and Ex Exclusive Brethren Christian kind, and some of those people closely connected to them. I intend to back up what i’ll be sharing, with emails too,that i’ve saved. As well as any other evidence i have.Where ever i’m able to do so

Little doubt it wont help make me popular (among these people’s group) , but then i’m not worried about needing to be popular, with any of these folk.Fame is not something i crave. In fact i even consider it a good thing, that i’m unpopular among them. If i feel i’m unpopular within the religious folks circles, then i figure i’m most likely to be somewhere on the right track.I mean ,if someone feel unpopular within the exclusive brethren, then chances are, its also likely to be a good thing.Because maybe you wouldn’t want to feel popular within a cult, or religious circle, anymore than you would want to feel popular within Hitlers clan.

Within the Exclusive Brethren (and other groups like them) ,there is a form of tyranny that exists, that try’s to “manipulate” and dominate over people, try’s to have some control over whatever they can say and believe. Some (outsider) folk will be led to believe that this practice will stop,once these people leave from within these closed-groups.Its what some ex members would surely like people (outsiders) to believe.

But i think, it’s a bit of a lie

And over the next few weeks (as i find enough time), i do intend to bring forth information to help prove how it is so.


“The journey to Atheism is not an easy one”

“Many Atheists are raised in religious households, and embracing Atheism means rejecting their family’s wishes. Atheists who grow up in Agnostic or Atheist households obviously don’t have to deal with family pressure, but they still have to face society at large. While attitudes about Atheism are shifting, polls show that the majority of religious people do not trust Atheists and some even have hatred against them” http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/atheists-find-peace-and-enlightenment-through-non-belief/

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It’s not easy to be honest, about life in general, or about what we personally believe, when the world seems so full of religious bigots.

Theists will try to make our lives, tougher than they already are(in their subtle cunning ways). Yet all it does for me, is it just helps make me become more and more aware, about how much religion really-sucks.It makes me become more and more determined all the time too, to be sure to do what ever i can, to help crush religion.To help give religion the total smack-down,that it most surely seems to deserve.

Theists may quietly think they are being really cunningly smart, in playing their wee manipulative games. I’m sure many may quietly be feeling proud as punch with themselves.But like some say, pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall.

Theists arrogance and pride, has been part of whats fueling the fall of religion, for ages . But so many theists are just far too proud and stupid to be able to even begin to see it. I know this to be true, because i’ve been busy quietly studying theists for quite some time now, and i’ve noticed how faith even makes the most intelligent theist’s, become nasty and tend to react very stupidly.Iv’e noticed how extremely biased they can be in their judgement’s too.

Of course, maybe these folk may think, that people like me wont be so likely to even notice it. But then that’s the “depth” of how faith can have an effect on people.They get so lost within their faith beliefs,that they can become quite oblivious to reality. While an ex exclusive brethren christian,finds it easy to take notice of how exclusive brethrenism, seems to make the exclusive brethren reactions pretty bad. They still don’t seem to pick-up how they are still not reacting so good themselves either.

This is because it’s the religion part , that is at the very root of the problem

But still,seems that its pretty much to be expected anyway. Statistics suggest that


“The family that prays together may be less likely to stay together. Research shows that the folks trying hardest to force their religious beliefs on other people, Evangelical Christians, are more likely to divorce than those with no religion at all.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/atheists-have-stronger-family-values-than-evangelical-christians.html#ixzz34t2uu5AN

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What a bloody curse its been, to need to be born into world so full of these religions. Worthless people, whom have stood by in silence, generation after generation, while faith abuses have continued to have freedom to ruin so many lives.

How great it must be, to be lucky enough to be born unto people , like the Pirahã people. People whom can live their lives, without any need of being effected by religion. Those people s lives .may not always be easy lives to live.But at least their family lives need not be effected by the curse of religion.And so within the solidarity of their tribe,they can thus still find the sort of strength needed to rise above any type of tough times that come their way.

Good on those people, for promptly telling the Christians ,where to go-shove their faith

To those Pirahã people . Family-life was what life was about. Yet some brainwhashed religious freak, might still try telling them that without God,then their  life will have no real-meaning

Go figure !

Just imagine what utterly brainless morons, the Christians-mentality, must have sounded like.To Pirahã people . Upon hearing such utter crap being spoken within their tribes campsite (upon hearing that they needed to know God to make their lives have real meaning)

They had already been quite happily living their lives year after year.Generation after generation. Next minute ,up pops some proud arrogant theist git.Who soon afterward, tries to tell them how they will need to know God , for without knowing God, their lives wont have any “real” meaning

Only the brainwashed arrogance and pride of religion, and the religious people,could ever become stupid enough, to even begin to think such things

We have God in our world (via religion) . And just look? where it got us.

What happen to our tribes ? (families) ….And how much “real” meaning ? do our lives really have

Will our ? children be able to retain some very fond memories, of joy and time-spent will all their relations and ancestors. Like the Pirahã peoples children will do

No . Our Children’s lives , have been robbed of real meaning (thanks to religion)

So much for the idea of “God” bringing “real meaning” into our lives

God is bullshit.And so it follows, that its utter bullshit too , that faith ever helps to bring “real” meaning into peoples lives

It brings ignorance.And arrogance.And all manner of nastiness too

People talk about there being lots of “real” Christians.Meaning the ones not like the cult Christians are . But these sorts of Christians are the ones that have helped enable the cult Christians to exist


Where were these real Christians ? , in the generations past, while our family lives were being left to go to rack and ruin

If there is such a thing as real Christians .Then how come? we can still have these cults around the world,  that continue to cause faith abuses, like they do

So where ? the fuck were all these so called  “real” Christians , then

If these real Christians existed(like they are claiming), then surely we would not still have so many faith abuses. (unless real Christians? are the type of Christian whom would stand by and allow faith abuses to continue for generation after generation)

The only thing real, about the idea of there being real Christians . Is that its a real load of bullshit.And it really exists “within the imagination” of some people










About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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