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Oct. 13th, 2005 | 11:58 pm

The Christian God is bad for societies.

Better off without him described a paper by Gregory S. Paul that correlated several metrics of religiosity with various symptoms of social dysfunction.

Unsurprisingly to bitter atheists like me, religious democracies are much less nice places to live than secular democracies. The positive correlation between life expectancy and believing in the theory of evolution (anti-religious) was quite striking. The increase in religiosity show strong increasing correlation with the less than 5 years old mortality rate, abortion rates for 15-19 year old and 15-19 year old gonorrhea infection rates.

The homicide rate versus measures of religiosity wasn't quite as convincing, it was difficult to see any trend lines for the various measures of religiosity in other countries as the US homicide rate is so much higher.

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velcrocat

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from: velcrocat
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
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The positive correlation between life expectancy and believing in the theory of evolution (anti-religious) was quite striking. The increase in religiosity show strong increasing correlation with the less than 5 years old mortality rate, abortion rates for 15-19 year old and 15-19 year old gonorrhea infection rates.


Um well isn't this probably because so many Christian countries are imperialistic and have colonized all the third world countries, converted large segments of the population to Christianity, then left?

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC)
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No, this focused only on wealthy religious democracies as correcting for all the differences between the wealthy nations and the poorer nations would have been too challeneging.

The countries included were Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Japan, Switzerland, Norway, Portugal, Austria, Spain, Italy, United States, Sweden, and New Zealand
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markcronan

Check Lutheranism

from: markcronan
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Now check how rates of Lutheranism correlate with quality of life. You will find the opposite trend.

Now remove Catholisism from the equation entirely.

It's not "religious democracies", it's poverty levels. You will find a MUCH stronger correlation there than with religion.

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Dilinger

Re: Check Lutheranism

from: dilinger
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I had a theory,

Poor people give thier money to Religions,
Religions use that money to keep people poor.
Religions give money to people who vote Conservitive.
Who in turn take vote to give Religons More moeny: (Tax Payer money)
Who in turn preach to more poor people, who give more money.

I think there is a cycle of violence here. It needs more development.
Some day when I don't have to work so much, I may work on this some more.


Keeping mind this is a correlation not a cause, the point is still valid. What I would like to know is the correlation between education and religion. It is often easier to just assume God, instead of proving the postulate of him. (is that the right verbage?)

by the way

Happy Bday.

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Unmaker

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from: unmaker
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm liking you more and more. Thanks for calling this to my attention.

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Aluta Corinthiaca Sumptuosa

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from: dragonblink
date: Oct. 14th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
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I would say that it's not the Christian God that's the problem. It's blind, unthinking religious fundamentalism -- which Christianity hardly has a monopoly on.

The problem with the States itself is that its most vocal population is the Christian equivalent of witchier-than-thou burn-the-Christians make-up-Burning-Times-stats old-school Alexandrian/Gardnerians, and the Waldenbook Wiccans who worship them.

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