The effects of Jesus and God on pro-sociality and discrimination

Lane, Tom (2020) The effects of Jesus and God on pro-sociality and discrimination. Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics . p. 101625. ISSN 22148043

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This study contributes to the debate over whether religion is a force for social good or harm. It shows that different belief concepts within the same religion can have different effects on distributive behaviour. A dictator game experiment, with two different charities as potential recipients, measures how priming the concepts of God and Jesus affects both the pro-sociality of Christians and their propensity to discriminate against LGBTQ people, an identity group traditionally opposed by their religion. Priming Jesus significantly raises the amounts Christians give to charity, but priming God has no such effect. Christians are found, at borderline significance, to discriminate against LGBTQ people, but this discrimination does not significantly increase when Jesus or God are primed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is under GUPL
Keywords: Christianity; Dictator Game; Pro-sociality; Discrimination; LGBTQ
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Business > Nottingham University Business School China
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Depositing User: QIU, Lulu
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 02:21
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2020 02:21

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