Note: This work benefited from Grant ARC 08/13–013 from the Communauté Française de Belgique.
Religious Prosociality and Aggression: It's Real
Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2013
© 2013 The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Volume 52, Issue 3, pages 524–536, September 2013
How to Cite
Blogowska, J., Lambert, C. and Saroglou, V. (2013), Religious Prosociality and Aggression: It's Real. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 52: 524–536. doi: 10.1111/jssr.12048
- Issue online: 4 SEP 2013
- Version of Record online: 4 SEP 2013
- prosocial behavior;
Individual religiosity relates to prosocial attitudes, behavioral intentions, and behaviors of minimal (no/low cost; limited to in-group members) prosociality in hypothetical situations. Yet evidence on religious prosociality through other-oriented, costly helping behavior in real life is still to be documented. Similarly, religiosity relates to cognitive, emotional, and attitudinal components of prejudice toward moral out-groups. Evidence on real behavior of prejudice is nevertheless still needed. In two experiments using the same measure of religiosity and samples from the same population, religiosity predicted helping, in a real-life context, of an in-group member in need (Experiment 1) as well as overt and direct aggression by means of allocating hot sauce to a gay, but not to a neutral, target (Experiment 2). Religious prosociality and aggression are real, concern distinct kinds of targets, and are at the heart of personal religiosity.