We don’t have to look far for evidence of the power of Hinduism to inspire us.
Our religion is a powerful one, as evidenced by the fact that we have more statues than Muslims, that the Hindu gods are worshipped more than Muslims and that our temples are built on top of rock.
But what we don’t often hear about is that our religion also has a dark side.
A new study by scientists at Oxford University, led by Prof James Goss, suggests that our faith, like so much else in our world, has its origins in a deeply religious mindset.
The study, entitled How Hinduism and Christianity shaped our worldviews, is based on a series of interviews with 1,500 people from across the world who were asked about their beliefs and practices.
In addition to revealing how religion shaped our lives, the study also sheds light on how these beliefs and rituals have influenced how we perceive and interpret the world.
For example, the authors found that belief in gods and demons was linked to a more negative worldview and to an inability to see how human suffering could be alleviated by prayer.
A number of other findings also highlight how religion has shaped our understanding of the world, the researchers say.
The authors suggest that religion and politics are key drivers of how people think about how the world should be, and how they perceive the world around them.
For instance, religion also shaped the way people thought about the death penalty, with those who believed in a God of punishment and death being more likely to support it.
The researchers also found that people with more religious beliefs were less likely to view the world through the eyes of a humanist, an alternative to the religious perspective.
They found that this may have been because people who believed the world to be run by a benevolent God of reason and goodness were more likely than those who held religious beliefs that were in conflict with human rights.
The team suggests that this was because people are more inclined to view human beings as moral agents, rather than as “mere beings”.
These beliefs, the paper says, “were seen as more humane, more kind and more just than those of the secularists”.
But the paper also finds that when it comes to human rights, religious belief may be a key driver.
People who believed that humans had an inherent right to life were more than twice as likely to agree with the statement “there are no atheists or agnostics in the world”, compared to the same group who did not believe in a god.
The finding has implications for how we see human rights and how we should treat them.
The paper also highlights how religion can shape how people relate to other people, which can help us to understand why certain religious groups may be more hostile towards other groups.
For one thing, the results suggest that the beliefs of religious groups, particularly those of religious minorities, can lead to prejudice.
For another, the religion-specific biases that lead to a religious group’s hostility towards non-believers are not just present in different cultures.
They are also present in modern-day societies, the research suggests.
“People in countries like Australia, for example, are more likely in the US to be less likely than in other countries to have religious beliefs of any sort,” said Goss.
“There are certain groups of people who are more hostile to atheists and agnosticism than others.
The authors say that the findings may help explain how religion shapes how we think about the world and how people can use this knowledge to help make decisions about the treatment of other people. “
These are not the only ways in which religious people may be prejudiced against others, but they are certainly a powerful influence on how they behave.”
The authors say that the findings may help explain how religion shapes how we think about the world and how people can use this knowledge to help make decisions about the treatment of other people.
The new study has just been published in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science.
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