The Interconnections Between Religious Fundamentalism, Spirituality and the Four Dimensions of Empathy
Review of Religious Research
The interconnection between religious fundamentalist beliefs, spirituality and empathy remains relatively unexplored at this time. As such, the purpose of this project is to establish whether or not the four different aspects of empathy (empathic concern, personal distress, perspective-taking and fantasy abilities) are related to religious fundamentalism and a sense of spirituality, controlling for religiosity, religious affiliation and other sociodemographic controls. Results suggest that fundamentalist beliefs will lead to lower amounts of empathic concern, perspective-taking and fantasy abilities, whereas a sense of spirituality will contribute to higher levels of the same three aspects of empathy. Personal distress was found to be unrelated to either fundamentalism or spirituality.
Empathy, Religiosity, Religious Fundamentalism, Spirituality, Religious Orientation
Christopher Bradley (2009).
The Interconnections Between Religious Fundamentalism, Spirituality and the Four Dimensions of Empathy. Review of Religious Research.51 (2), 201-219.