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November 06, 2015

Study: Children With Atheist Parents Are More Generous Than Those With Christian, Muslim Backgrounds

A new study finds that children brought up by atheist parents are more generous than those brought up in religious households, Fusion reports. Researchers found an inverse relationship between altruism and religious observance.

The research, published in the journal Current Biology, focused on the behaviors of 1,170 kids in six countries. The children were told to pick 10 stickers out of 30 to play with. After making their selections, the children were told that not every child in school would be offered stickers, but the study participants could opt to share their stickers. Muslim and Christian children were less willing to give away their stickers than those whose parents were nonbelievers.

Other religious groups were excluded because they represented a small sample size.