Reconsidering Intrinsic Religion as a Source of Universal Compassion

Volume
Volume 30
Issue
Summer 2002
Title
Reconsidering Intrinsic Religion as a Source of Universal Compassion
Abstract

Several studies have considered the ability of devout Christians to accept homosexual persons while rejecting homosexual behavior. Batson, Floyd, Meyer, and Winner (1999) found that intrinsic Christians were not able to make that distinction. Bassett et al. (2000) found that intrinsic Christians were able to distinguish between the value of homosexual persons and behavior. Both studies used financial help as the measure of acceptance. This study replicated the Batson et al. methodology with some modifications. The basic methodology involves students working at a time-limited task, which might financially benefit another “student.” What is varied in the procedure is the description of the other "€œstudent"€ (regarding sexual orientation and what the person intends to do with the money). Results from the study suggested that intrinsic Christians were able to €"love the sinner but hate the sin."€

Authors
Dr. R.L. Bassett, D. Baldwin, J. Tammaro, D. Mackmer, A. Wareing and D. Tschorke
Pages
131 - 143
Price
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