Sunday, May 08, 2011

The Erasers Need Cleaning

Belief in Angry God Keeps Students From Cheating

New research shows that those who believe in a loving and merciful God are more prone to cheat than those who believe in a punishing God.

"What matters more than whether you believe in a god is what kind of god you believe in," psychologist Azim F. Shariff said. “What we found is that those people who see God as a more punitive, angry, vengeful God, they tend to – in a laboratory-based cheating measure – they cheat a lot less, whereas people who believe in God as a comforting, loving agent, forgiving agent seem to cheat more.”

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