Many find psychological solace in religion. The tenets offer a tangible moral code, and answers to life’s toughest questions, such as:
– Why am I here?
– What happens when I die/when my loved ones die?
– Will those who get away with wrongdoing on earth ever be brought to justice?
And often people equate this alleged peace of mind with a more peaceful existence.
The University of Southern Mississippi performed a study to test that idea – to find out if an increase in religious activity correllates with a decrease in aggression. The participants were asked to administer electric shocks to opponents in response to shocks given to them, after performing religious activities such as reading bible verses, praying, and meditating. The control group performed no religious activities. The intensity of the retribution shocks from both groups was compared to guage the level of aggression. What do you think the results were?
Does religion reduce aggression?
(Will post the results of the study after some discussion)