Conservatives & liberals

  (13 April 11)
  by Greg Spearritt

Why are some people religious conservatives and others liberal?


In his small book Against Religion, Tamas Pataki argues – persuasively, in my view – that narcissism may well be at the root of much religious fundamentalism. But there are plenty of people who can usefully be thought of as ‘conservative’ without being extreme when it comes to religious outlook. And there are religious liberals, too. Attitudes to authority, to scripture and to other faiths are among the issues that separate the two camps.


What if the difference is actually biological?




The difference may be the result of both nature and nurture. Our biological tendencies and propensities are ameliorated by our cultural environment and our individual experiences.

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