Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 65–77 | Cite as

Muslims Love Jesus, Too? Corrective Information Alters Prejudices Against Islam

  • Steffen Moritz
  • Anja S. Göritz
  • Simone Kühn
  • Brooke C. Schneider
  • Eva Krieger
  • Jana Röhlinger
  • Sarah Zimmerer
Article

Abstract

The present study examined whether prejudices towards Islam can be altered through corrective information. A total of 1715 German participants were first asked to appraise their opinions towards Judaism, Christianity and Islam (the ratings pertained to progressiveness, tolerance, peacefulness). Subsequently, questions regarding knowledge about religious topics were posed to participants. Questions were selected to elicit common prejudices pertaining to Islam. The correct answers were then displayed along with detailed explanations. Finally, participants were asked to rate their current opinion towards the three religions once again. Opinions towards Islam were largely negative at baseline but improved significantly after presentation of the correct answers. The present study suggests that prejudices against Islam are partially fueled by knowledge gaps.

Keywords

Religion Islam Christianity Judaism Prejudices Opinion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steffen Moritz
    • 1
  • Anja S. Göritz
    • 2
  • Simone Kühn
    • 3
  • Brooke C. Schneider
    • 1
  • Eva Krieger
    • 1
  • Jana Röhlinger
    • 1
  • Sarah Zimmerer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and PsychotherapyUniversity Medical Center Hamburg-EppendorfHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Freiburg UniversityOccupational and Consumer PsychologyFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for Human DevelopmentCenter for Lifespan PsychologyBerlinGermany

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