Dating non believer
In this case, 3,256 study participants from 13 different countries read a description of a man who tortured animals as a child and then became more and more violent in adulthood, eventually murdering five homeless people.
Half of the participants were then asked whether this serial killer was more likely to be a teacher or a teacher who believes in God.
Fifty-eight percent of the people who chose either a "teacher" or a "teacher and nonbeliever" said the serial killer was a nonbeliever teacher, compared with only 30 percent who chose "teacher and believer" instead of "teacher" alone.
[Infographic: The World's Top Religions] Most surprisingly, there was little difference in this error rate when the researchers looked at only the answers from the people who said they, themselves, were nonbelievers.
She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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In 2016, an annual survey in Norway found that 39 percent of the population identified as atheist — more than the 37 percent who said they were religious.
The study showed that in 13 very different countries, people were more likely to think that a serial killer must be an atheist rather than a believer.
These findings persisted even in highly secular countries such as Finland and China; they were also true even for people who reported zero belief in God.
"Even as secularism reduces overt religiosity in many places, religion has apparently still left a deep and abiding mark on human moral intuitions," study researcher Will Gervais, a psychologist at the University of Kentucky, wrote with his colleagues Aug. [8 Ways Religion Impacts Your Life] Though there's no precise count of the number of atheists worldwide, the group of nonbelievers seems to be growing.
In the United States, about 3 percent of adults call themselves atheist, and 4 percent say they're agnostic, according to a 2014 Pew survey.
Those numbers were up from 1.6 percent and 2.4 percent, respectively, in 2007.