The more religious a household a child grows up in, the less kind they might be about sharing.
That’s the conclusion reached by a new study published today in Current Biology. Testing over 1,000 kids from different countries and religious backgrounds on a sharing task, the authors found a noticeable generosity gap between the religious and the nonreligious, a gap that only increased the more religious their households were. They also found that religious kids were more likely to be judgmental and to want harsher punishments for being wronged by others.
“Some past research had demonstrated that religious people aren’t more likely to do good than their nonreligious counterparts,” said lead author Jean Decety of the University of Chicago in a statement. “Our study goes beyond that by showing that religious people are less generous, and not only adults but children too.”