Posts Tagged ‘secular’

Does religion foster bad behavior, or does faith really strengthen society?


Why can’t we all be Japanese?

Religion fosters bad behavior

By © Martin Foreman
Word Count: 795 words
Publication date: November 13, 2005

Several weeks ago, a ground-breaking study on religious belief and social well-being was published in the Journal of Religion & Society. Comparing eighteen prosperous democracies from the US to New Zealand, author Gregory S Paul quietly demolished the myth that faith strengthens society.

Drawing on a wide range of studies to cross-match faith – measured by belief in God and acceptance of evolution – with homicide and sexual behavior, Paul found that secular societies have lower rates of violence and teenage pregnancy than societies where many people profess belief in God.



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How do you reconcile the idea of a universe created with you in mind, and a concept of a God waiting to punish you for your sins? How do you reconcile blind education of children about myths, and religious fundamentalism that results in terrorism.

Christopher Hitchens delivers a passionate talk about his anti-theism (not simply atheism) and explores other issues that beset modern society now against the concept of the divine.

See his talk here.

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