Could an atheist be more compassionate by nature than a Christian, Muslim or someone of another religion? A recent study has indicated exactly that people who are nonreligious or agnostic tend to be more driven by compassion for others than religionists and those who are strong believers in religious dogma.
The study involved showing videos of impoverished children, and other sensitive materials, to groups of atheists as well as very religious people. The subjects were then given $10.00 fake dollars to determine how much of that money they would be willing to give to those in need. As to be expected, those overly religious types seemed to want to give far less than what was offered by atheistic and agnostic test subjects.
The study has indicated that those who don't believe in deities, religion or dogma indicating mandatory tithing tend to donate and give charitably out of sheer compassion alone. This is more than could be said for those who give only because their religion teaches them that they have to.
Even though nonbelievers tend to be "less trusted" due to the malicious lies and misrepresentation of the religious right, it seems that by nature they are just simply better people.
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