Einer Metastudie zufolge haben Atheisten und stark religiöse Menschen am wenigsten Angst vor dem Tod.
Die (mit Vorsicht zu genießende) Daily Mail meldet in einem ausführlichen Artikel:
- Found those who believe because of social or emotional benefits are most afraid
- Those motivate by ‘true belief’ are among those least afraid of dying
- Experts said atheists seem to find comfort in death, so they are not scared
- Also found those who are not afraid of death do not seek out a religion
Auf der Website der Universität Oxford gibt es ebenfalls einen ausführlichen Text dazu.
Some studies also distinguished between intrinsic religiosity and extrinsic religiosity. Extrinsic religiosity is when religious behaviour is motivated by pragmatic considerations such as the social or emotional benefits of following a religion, whereas intrinsic religiosity refers to religious behaviour driven by ‚true belief‘. The meta-analysis showed that while people who were intrinsically religious enjoyed lower levels of death anxiety, those who were extrinsically religious revealed higher levels of death anxiety.