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Study: Religious Folks Are Likely To Have More Children

Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a journal, has published a new study that finds religious people tend to have more children.

According to Fox News, this study culled information from Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International Census (IPUMS), which included over 3.2 million women who have different faiths spread out over 32 countries.

The study found that women in marriages with a husband of the same religion were more likely to have more children.

In response to the study, Elsa Hoffman, a mom who home-schools her kids in Virginia, told Fox News:

If it weren't for my faith, I would not have the grace or stamina to enjoy the big family I have, nor understand how it fulfills the mission of my life. Thanks to my faith, I do see every child that God gives me as a gift, a mission. It's my purpose and an eternal investment for the future of my soul and theirs. What could be more fulfilling, enriching, and edifying?

A woman with 10 kids in the Washington, D.C. area added her view:

At your wedding, you make the vow that you will accept children lovingly from God. Some people say, "After two or three children, oh, that's enough" -- and that's a lack of faith in some ways. The vow you make on your wedding day means you trust God implicitly.

It could mean you have three children, but it might be 10 -- and in my case thankfully it was 10. If I had only had four kids and said, "That's enough, I can't do anymore," then I wouldn't have the other six, and I love them so much. Through them I understand God's plan.

An unrelated study in November 2015 found that kids from religious families were meaner than children raised in non-religious homes, noted The Guardian.

The study, "The Negative Association Between Religiousness and Children’s Altruism Across the World," was published in the journal Current Biology.

The study authors said:

Overall, our findings ... contradict the commonsense and popular assumption that children from religious households are more altruistic and kind towards others.

More generally, they call into question whether religion is vital for moral development, supporting the idea that secularization of moral discourse will not reduce human kindness – in fact, it will do just the opposite.

Sources: Fox News, The Guardian / Photo credit: TLC Media Handout via @Cinefille

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