Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

Nature Vol/Iss. 530 (7590) Nature Publishing Group Published In Pages: 327-330
By Purzycki, Benjamin Grant, Apicella, Coren, Atkinson, Quentin D., Cohen, Emma, McNamara, Rita Anne, Willard, Aiyana K., Xygalatas, Dimitris, Norenzayan, Ara, Henrich, Joseph


Material insecurity and number of children will be negatively associated with favorable treatment of a coreligionist in an allocation game (330).


Number of children, but not material insecurity, was significantly negatively correlated with favorable treatment of distant coreligionist over local coreligionist (p < 0.01) and self (p < 0.001). These variables initially included as controls in analysis of belief in gods concerned with human morality.


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Logistic regressionPartially supportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN


Variable NameVariable Type OCM Term(s)
Treatment of Unknown CoreligionistDependentSocial Personality, Ethics
Material InsecurityIndependentPoverty
Number of ChildrenIndependentHousehold