Do you act out of compassion for others?
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- I certainly didn't mean to imply you couldn't. I consider myself "secular folk" too. I was just saying that making charity a priority came to me through a religious path, so I give religious people a little more latitude these days than I once did.May 3, 2012
- May 3, 2012
- It's interesting to consider how this finding ties in to the recent notions of left/right brain differences, as related in the recent books byand .May 3, 2012
- Interesting and suggestive but much more precise research is needed before any conclusion can be drawn about the degree to which religious faith affects compassion. A study where participants self identify the degree of their religious faith should not be expected to be that accurate. Also there could be a difference in interpretation of results between researchers who themselves are religious and those who are not.
There is a big difference between those who use following religious doctrine as their criteria for being highly religious, and those who consider the use of religious practices in their daily life, such as praying and reading the Bible.
Where a culture imposes religious faith on its population being highly religious may mean just following the law.
Where a person found religious faith as a result of a person crisis, their faith is more likely to be based on an emotional connection. The degree of their compassion more based on emotion.May 3, 2012
- The are supposed to be some very religious people down there in Rome :-(May 4, 2012
- I wonder to what extent an individual's personal reaction might be 'masked' by belonging to a larger social structure such as a religion and whether that may also be reflected in the social welfare systems of various countries. An individual living in a country with a strong social welfare system may consider the government to be able to take care of the need whereas in a more individualistic society the lack of support for the person in trouble may be recognized by the potential donor. It might be somewhat similar for the religious donor.May 4, 2012