Religious Faith, Militarism, and Humorlessness


  • John Morreall


Researchers like Vassilis Saroglou have found a negative correlation between religious belief and sense of humor. I add two things to this line of research. First, I argue that the features that make religious believers humorless also make them militaristic. Secondly, I argue that militarism and humorlessness are concentrated in religions which stress orthodoxy and faith, such as Christianity and Islam; militarism and humorlessness do not dominate nontheistic religions such as Buddhism which do not stress orthodoxy and faith.