30 November 2006

Of The Evidence Of Moral Transformation, or "No Duh."

As if on cue following the next item down comes this item. I don't know why this would surprize anyone, but whoever edits and writes the copy for Arts & Letters Daily (whence cometh the link) is plainly shocked (and notice too that the reviewer is so nonplussed he mistakes a sales inducing blurb for the actual subtitle). Turns out the God-fearing give more of their income to charity than do the godless, according to a newly published study:

In Who Really Cares: The Surprising Truth About Compassionate Conservatism [sic] (Basic Books), Arthur C. Brooks finds that religious conservatives are far more charitable than secular liberals, and that those who support the idea that government should redistribute income are among the least likely to dig into their own wallets to help others.

Some of his findings have been touched on elsewhere by other scholars, but Mr. Brooks, a professor of public administration at Syracuse University, breaks new ground in amassing information from 15 sets of data in a slim 184-page book (not including the appendix) that he proudly describes as "a polemic."

Here's the whole thing. Review includes this interesting map correlating presidential voting and charitable giving. Here's the author's website.


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