The average atheist is male, married, well read, less dogmatic, and compassionate

Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi, an Israeli professor of psychology has aggregated a century’s worth of data and has created the following profile of the average atheist compared to the average religious person. (1) The atheist is far more likely to be:

  • male & married
  • more well-read than average person
  • less authoritarian and less dogmatic
  • less prejudiced & more tolerant
  • less suggestible/difficult to manipulate
  • generally compassioned/conscientious
  • unhappy/alienated from wider society.

The tidbit I am most curious about is why gender plays such a huge role. The rate of atheism is 7 times higher in men rather than women.



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