However, data from a recent study published in Current Biology suggest that all of those parents may have had it all backwards for all of those millennia.
The researchers examined the behavior of 1.1k children growing up in 6 nations—Canada, China, Jordan, South Africa, Turkey, and the United States—who have been raised in religious settings (Christians and Muslims figured prominently in the study) and compared them to children raised in non-religious settings. The researchers measured the children's tendency to share—a measure of altruism and generosity—as well as how likely they were to make judgments about others or punish them for perceived anti-social behavior—a measure of fair-mindedness.
The findings? Children raised in religious settings demonstrated significantly less generosity and altruism than their non-religious peers. They were also harsher in their punitive tendencies.
TRANSLATION: A religious setting negatively correlates with the development of generous, altruistic, and fair-minded adults.
All that proves is they don't know what science is and does.
Let the discussion begin...
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