Supporters Of Religious Violence More Often Claim Familiarity With Fake Concepts

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Those to claim knowledge of fake religious concepts are more supportive of religious aggression, a new study found.

Research published in Social Psychological and Personality Science showed that supporters of religious violence are more likely to claim knowing false religious notions, while those with accurate religious knowledge are less supportive of religious aggression.

  • Religious books are often incorrectly cited or strategically cited to serve prejudice, as few have read the Christian Bible.
  • People “pick and choose” the stories of a religious book to support their worldview, and inaccurately attribute messages to those scriptures.
  • The individuals (both Christian and Muslim) who claimed to have knowledge of fictitious religious concepts in the study were more likely to agree with statements like “I would shoot someone if I believed God wanted me to.”
  • “Humility is a critical feature that is needed to bring out the best and most benevolent aspects of religion,” said author Daniel N. Jones.
  • The researchers still need to understand the mechanisms causing these correlations: what drives religious overclaiming and why this tendency translates into violent attitudes. Additionally, they need to understand why religious accuracy predicts peaceful attitudes, and if accurately learning a Holy Book can reduce violence. 

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