Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Study: Religion hurts societies

First of all, let me say this:


With that off my chest, y'all should take a look at article from the Times Online. The headline: "Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'"

The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.

“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.

“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”

(my emphasis)

This makes me happy. I mean, really happy, I realize that this study won't have much of an impact, but it's great to see that an objective study has concluded that religion is a bad thing.

He said that most Western nations would become more religious only if the theory of evolution could be overturned and the existence of God scientifically proven. Likewise, the theory of evolution would not enjoy majority support in the US unless there was a marked decline in religious belief, Mr Paul ["Gregory Paul, the author of the study and a social scientist"] said".

We knew that.

And finally, the conclusion (a quote of Mr. Paul's) of this article is by far one of the best things I've read today:

“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”


At 9/27/2005 2:17 PM, Blogger Kele said...

Holy shit!

At 9/27/2005 2:48 PM, Anonymous SH said...

Yeah. When I've read this article I only wanted to say one thing: "Amen!" :-)

At 9/27/2005 4:11 PM, Blogger Mesoforte said...

Its good to hear something negative on religion from jolly England. I'm glad they took the time to do the study.

At 9/27/2005 5:40 PM, Blogger Pyro_Shark said...

I'm going to forward that article to my Christian friends. Interesting...

At 9/27/2005 10:38 PM, Anonymous Tanooki Joe said...

I must say this is a rather weak study. The correlation between religion and societal suckiness is very weak. This is not a strong piece of evidence for our side.

At 9/28/2005 12:34 PM, Blogger Kele said...

Yeah, I think all it really shows is that a nation doesn't need Christianity/religion to not be in complete shambles... which isn't much news.

At 9/28/2005 5:18 PM, Blogger El Penguino said...

well lets be fair, its not that religion is stupid, its just that when you mix religion, politics, and maybe even science, things start to look a bit odd


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