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ERIC Number: EJ977516
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2909
Reflections on Religious Belief and Prosociality: Comment on Galen (2012)
Myers, David G.
Psychological Bulletin, v138 n5 p913-917 Sep 2012
Luke Galen (2012) offers a timely analysis of associations between religiosity and prosocial and antisocial attitudes and behaviors. After identifying 10 points of agreement, I raise 8 questions for further reflection and research: (1) Is ingroup giving and volunteerism not prosocial? (2) Are religion-related prosocial norms part of the religious factor? (3) Is social support also appropriately considered part of the religious factor? (4) Are self-report data from more and less religious people invalid? (5) How should we disentangle gender and religiosity? (6) How might we resolve "the religious engagement paradox"? (7) Does religion serve an adaptive, evolutionary function? And (8) Might research further explore religiosity, in its varieties, and prosociality? (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States