Division in Religion and Politics

Why (and How) “Good” People are Divided: Religion and Politics

Written in 2013, the book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Religion and Politics” by Jonathan Haidt resonates in 2017. Amazon.com’s description of the book is as follows:

“As America descends deeper into polarization and paralysis, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has done the seemingly impossible—challenged conventional thinking about morality, politics, and religion in a way that speaks to everyone on the political spectrum. Drawing on his twenty five years of groundbreaking research on moral psychology, he shows how moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. He shows why liberals, conservatives, and libertarians have such different intuitions about right and wrong, and he shows why each side is actually right about many of its central concerns. In this subtle yet accessible book, Haidt gives you the key to understanding the miracle of human cooperation, as well as the curse of our eternal divisions and conflicts. If you’re ready to trade in anger for understanding, read The Righteous Mind.”

This book has been highly recommend in several circles, including religious, professional, and- yes- even political ones. See Haidt’s TED talk entitled, “The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives” for more on his thoughts on the topic.

Finally, the following compilation was presented at StudentNewsDaily.com with this introduction:

We all want the same things in life. We want freedom; we want the chance for prosperity; we want as few people suffering as possible; we want healthy children; we want to have crime-free streets. The argument is how to achieve them…

You can access this alphabetized (by issue) compilation of conservative vs liberal beliefs here: https://www.studentnewsdaily.com/conservative-vs-liberal-beliefs/