New Study Confirms Religious People Are MORE Tolerant, Open-minded Than Atheists

The prevailing theory, particularly among the left, is that atheists are wiser, more tolerant, and more open-minded than religious people.

A new study confirms, however, that religious people are actually more tolerant and more open-minded than atheists.

The Blaze reports:

A new study has upended long-held assumptions that religious people are more closed-minded and intolerant than atheists.

The study, conducted by Dr. Filip Uzarevic, a researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, revealed that while atheists might consider themselves open-minded than religious folk, they are actually less tolerant of differing opinions.

. . . .  “The nonreligious compared to the religious seemed to be less closed-minded when it came to explicitly measured certainty in one’s beliefs,” he said. “However, and somewhat surprisingly, when it came to subtly-measured inclination to integrate views that were diverging and contrary to one’s own perspectives, it was the religious who showed more openness.”

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The paper, which explored whether atheists are “undogmatic,” claims that nonbelievers measured lower than religious people in “self-reported dogmatism” but were actually rated higher in “subtly-measured intolerance.”

“The idea started,” Uzarevic explained, “through noticing that, in public discourse, despite both the conservative/religious groups and liberal/secular groups showing strong animosity toward the opposite ideological side, somehow it was mostly the former who were often labeled as ‘closed-minded.’”

“Moreover,” he continued, “such view of the secular being more tolerant and open seemed to be dominant in the psychological literature.”

The study also revealed that the strength of a person’s belief in religion or atheism directly impacts just how tolerant or intolerant they are.

 

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