Religious Children More Ungenerous? -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
It is the day after Thanksgiving and all through the land, many a creature is stirring, seeking out the best deals on things needed and unneeded. As I write this, I've yet to venture out into the world of the shopping frenzy. Yesterday was set aside for us to stop and consider for a moment what we're thankful for. So, perhaps it is a good day to finally re-post Martin Marty's comments on a recent study that suggests that religious children are less generous than non-religious children. The point of the study, as detailed below, was to see whether religion is required for morality and altruism. The findings suggest not. While we can critique the study and its basis -- that's something we might do with any survey, including the one that tell us bacon is bad for us, perhaps we might take something different from this. As Marty suggests maybe we can take this as cause to look inside the community to see if there is truth to the charge. With that I invite you to read and consider whether we Christians are truly a generous and gracious people. Truth be told, there is a lot of evidence stacked against us. Maybe this is a wake up call!