The moralization bias of gods’ minds: a cross-cultural test

Religion, Brain, and Behavior Vol/Iss. 12(1-2) Taylor and Francis Published In Pages: 38-60
By Purzycki, Benjamin Grant, Willard, Aiyana K., Klocová, Eva Kundtová, Apicella, Coren, Atkinson, Quentin D., Bolyanatz, Alexander, Cohen, Emma, Handley, Carla, Henrich, Joseph, Lang, Martin, Lesorogol, Carolyn, Mathew, Sarah, McNamara, Rita A., Moya, Cristina, Norenzayan, Ara, Placek, Caitlyn D., Soler, Montserrat, Vardy, Tom, Weigel, Jonathan, Xygalatas, Dimitris, Ross, Cody T.


Less educated individuals are more likely to ascribe moral concerns to both moralizing and local gods.


While education seems to have a minimal effect on the degree of moral concern attributed to moralizing gods, it seems to have a slight negative effect on the attribution of moral concern to local gods. The model predicts the following slopes across four models, with a 90% credibility interval in parentheses: Moralistic Deity, M1: -.01 (-.03, .01); Moralistic Deity, M3: -.01 (-.03, .01); Local Deity, M1: -.05 (-.06, -.03); Local Deity, M3: -.03 (-.05, -.02)


Test NameSupportSignificanceCoefficientTail
Predictive modelPartially SupportedUNKNOWNUNKNOWNUNKNOWN