'Near-death experience' explained by carbon dioxide: study
People who have "near-death experiences," such as flashing lights, feelings of peace and joy and divine encounters before they pull back from the brink may simply have raised levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the blood, ...
Researchers study how humor matters in social movements
For social movements whose members believe they are maligned and misunderstood in the broader culture, marginalization is no laughing matter. But as the New Atheist Movement demonstrates, humor can be an ...
Research shows impact of Facebook unfriending
Two studies from the University of Colorado Denver are shedding new light on the most common type of `friend' to be unfriended on Facebook and their emotional responses to it.
The evolution of creationism
Throughout history, people have sought to understand how the world came to be and how it has changed over time. This curiosity has produced a rich legacy of science and philosophy and impacted and influenced religion and ...
Religion may have evolved because of its ability to help people exercise self-control
Self-control is critical for success in life, and a new study by University of Miami professor of Psychology Michael McCullough finds that religious people have more self-control than do their less religious counterparts. ...
Who was Jesus?
The historical person Jesus of Nazareth - beyond the accounts in the creeds and the Gospels, which are all characterized by religious belief - is the focus of Tobias Hägerland's dissertation from the University of Gothenburg, ...
Belief in hell, according to international data, is associated with reduced crime
(Phys.org) -- Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a University ...
Belief in a caring god improves response to medical treatment for depression
Research suggests that religious belief can help protect against symptoms of depression, but a study at Rush University Medical Center goes one step further.
Education affects Americans' religiosity -- but not how you might think
It's pretty much a given that the more educated someone becomes, the more likely they are to question their religious beliefs, stop going to church and even abandon their faith entirely.
New Study Eyes Evolution of Fairness and Punishment
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have long been puzzled by large societies in which strangers routinely engage in voluntary acts of kindness, respect and mutual benefit even though there is often an individual cost involved.
Researchers find anxiety may be at root of religious extremism
Anxiety and uncertainty can cause us to become more idealistic and more radical in our religious beliefs, according to new findings by York University researchers, published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality an ...
Do religious people love their neighbors? Yes—some neighbors, study finds
Most religions teach their followers to "Love thy neighbor"—including those of different races, nationalities or beliefs. But is religiousness really related to love of neighbors?
Teenage birth rates higher in more religious states
Rates of births to teenage mothers are strongly predicted by conservative religious beliefs, even after controlling for differences in income and rates of abortion. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal ...
UK astrophysicist wins $1.6 million religion prize
(AP) -- A British astrophysicist known for his theories on the origin and the destiny of the universe has been honored with one of the world's leading religion prizes.