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Monday, November 20, 2006

entry arrow1:51 AM | Religion = Evil

Religion begets morality, right?

Wrong.

According to a new study titled "Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies" published in the Journal of Religion and Society, there is actually an inverse relationship between religiosity and public health and social stability.

[Read the complete article here.]

"In general," the author Gregory Paul writes, "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."

Fairfax Digital's Emily Maguire reports: "A striking example of this is the US, which has the highest degrees of religious faith and the highest rates of homicide, abortion, STD infection and teenage pregnancy. The least religious countries -- Japan, France and Scandinavia -- have the lowest rates of violent crime, juvenile mortality and abortion."

Is this why everytime I see evangelicals congregating, I shiver like in an encounter with evil?

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