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Catholic family culture ‘changed human psychology forever,’ study claims

November 20, 2019

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CWN Editor's Note: “A sweeping theory published [this month] in the journal Science posits a new explanation for the divergent course of Western civilization from the rest of the world: The early Catholic Church reshaped family structures and, by doing so, changed human psychology forever after,” according to the report.

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  • Posted by: mary_conces3421 - Nov. 23, 2019 1:31 PM ET USA

    This study sounds muddled to me. Why should “individualism” foster “trust in strangers” & not the opposite? Also, my admittedly superficial knowledge of European history leaves me with the impression that the aristocracy did marry their cousins, without its being considered incest. Did the researchers associate charity with blood donation? Or think that virtue has any relation to psychology? “WEIRD” indicates a less than scholarly agenda to me.