Global evidence of extreme intuitive moral prejudice against atheists.
|Type||Article in Periodical|
|Magazine / Source||Nature Human Behaviour|
|MU Faculty or unit|
|Field||Philosophy and religion|
|Keywords||Evolution; Human behaviour; Psychology; Atheism; Prejudice; Representativeness heuristic|
|Description||Mounting evidence supports longstanding claims that religions can extend cooperative networks. However, religious prosociality may have a strongly parochial component. Moreover, aspects of religion may promote or exacerbate conflict with those outside a given religious group, promoting regional violence, intergroup conflict and tacit prejudice against non-believers. Anti-atheist prejudice a growing concern in increasingly secular societies affects employment, elections, family life and broader social inclusion. Preliminary work in the United States suggests that anti-atheist prejudice stems, in part, from deeply rooted intu- itions about religion’s putatively necessary role in morality. However, the cross-cultural prevalence and magnitude — as well as intracultural demographic stability — of such intuitions, as manifested in intuitive associations of immorality with atheists, remain unclear.|