People don’t like death. They fear it. They’ll do anything they can to avoid thinking about it.
It’s one of the reasons religion is so powerful. Because you never really die when there’s a wonderful afterlife awaiting you… Religion, in many ways, functions as a defense mechanism against fear of death.
And according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the fear of death contributes to distrust of atheists, since we pop that bubble of hope.
Researchers Corey L. Cook, Florette Cohen, and Sheldon Solomon set out to find how strong that link really is: