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NYC ATHEISTS FEBRUARY "LIVING WITH ATHEISM"

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GROUP LEADER: LINDA BLAIKIE, L.C.S.W

SUBJECT: FEAR OF DEATH ... are Atheists more afraid of death than believers?

GROUP LEADER: LINDA BLAIKIE, L.C.S.W

SUBJECT: FEAR OF DEATH ... are Atheists more afraid of death than believers?

Most individuals would say that religion (those that believe in the “here after” would reduce the fear of death. In a quick check of the literature, I (Ken Bronstein) found an interesting study.

“Religiosity and fear of death: a three‐nation comparison” (study was undertaken among college students in three countries)

Lee Ellis a , Eshah A. Wahab a & Malini Ratnasingan - Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 50603 - 21 Feb 2012.

Conclusion: Death apprehension will be positively related to most religious beliefs and practices.

Numerous studies have sought to determine if religiosity is correlated with fear of death. Findings have been anything but consistent, with reports of negative relationships, positive relationships, no relationship, and even curvilinear associations. To shed light on this still contentious issue, the present study was undertaken among college students in three countries – Malaysia, Turkey, and the United States. Overall, the patterns in all three countries were similar.

… there is a substantial positive correlation between most religiosity measures and fear of death. Other findings were that on average females were more religious and feared death more than did males, and Muslims expressed considerably greater fear than did members of any other major religion.

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