Reminders of secular authority reduce believers' distrust of atheists.

@article{Gervais2012RemindersOS,
  title={Reminders of secular authority reduce believers' distrust of atheists.},
  author={Will M. Gervais and Ara Norenzayan},
  journal={Psychological science},
  year={2012},
  volume={23 5},
  pages={483-91}
}
Atheists have long been distrusted, in part because they do not believe that a watchful, judging god monitors their behavior. However, in many parts of the world, secular institutions such as police, judges, and courts are also potent sources of social monitoring that encourage prosocial behavior. Reminders of such secular authority could therefore reduce believers' distrust of atheists. In our experiments, participants who watched a video about police effectiveness (Experiment 1) or were… CONTINUE READING
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