Study says Religious People Are More Open-minded than Atheists

Religious people are more tolerant of different viewpoints than atheists, according to researchers at a Catholic university. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)
Religious people are more tolerant of different viewpoints than atheists, according to researchers at a Catholic university. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Religious people are more tolerant of different viewpoints than atheists, according to researchers at a Catholic university.

A study of 788 people in the UK, France and Spain concluded that atheists and agnostics think of themselves as more open-minded than those with faith, but are are actually less tolerant to differing opinions and ideas.

Religious believers “seem to better perceive and integrate diverging perspectives”, according to psychology researchers at the private Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium’s largest French-speaking university.

Filip Uzarevic, who co-wrote the paper, said his message was that “closed-mindedness is not necessarily found only among the religious”.

He told Psypost: ““In our study, the relationship between religion and closed-mindedness depended on the specific aspect of closed-mindedness.

“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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SOURCE: Greg Wilford  
The Independent