A Skeptical Review of Religious Prosociality (Grand Rapids)

Join us for "A Skeptical Review of Religious Prosociality" with Dr. Luke Galen!

It is often suggested that religion leads individuals to be more prosocial, that is, more cooperative, generous, friendly, and happy. A commonly held belief is that "religion makes better neighbors". However, a closer examination of the research supporting these claims yields important qualifications to this relationship. Dr. Galen will offer some common examples of these types of studies and invite the audience to ask critical questions regarding the types of conclusions that can be drawn from the "religion makes you good" literature.

About the Speaker

Luke Galen is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Grand Valley State University. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. His main area of research and teaching focuses on the psychology of religion. He has three current areas of research. The first involves the social cognition of religious fundamentalism. He is also currently studying religion and the Just World Belief. Finally, he studies non religious groups and the process of apostasy. He teaches classes on: the Psychology of Religion, Controversial Issues in Psychology, and Human Sexuality. He is faculty advisor to the GVSU Center for Inquiry campus group and is a member of the Reasonable Doubts podcast and radio show.

We host local and national Lecturers to speak on many different topics including: science, religion, philosophy, social issues, politics, atheism, humanism, agnosticism, skepticism, deism, evolution, morality and ethics, secularism, rationalism, psychology, and others. [list] [*]Meetings are open to the Public [*]Cost: FREE / $5.00 Suggested Donation. [*]After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize. [*]Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [masked],[masked] [/list]

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  • Jennifer G

    Ever any meetings closer to the lakeshore?

    June 20, 2013

    • Dren A.

      There are Skeptics in the Pub meetings in Holland, and Café Inquiry meetings in Muskegon! You can see all the regional events here: http://www.cfimichiga...­

      June 21, 2013

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