Religious likely to act on their ethics
Your correspondent Steve Horsfield is correct to assert that ethics are not always derived from religion (Write Back, January 1).
Atheists can behave in a perfectly ethical way, though often the roots of the ethics may be found in Biblical sources.
However, modern sociological research on both British and American society shows us that people belonging to religious groups are more likely to act on their ethics.
They are more likely to give to charity, to visit the sick, or elderly, or do someone a good turn.
The data shows that religion, as measured by attendance at a place of worship, is the best indicator of altruism.
Council of Christians and Jews