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Religion Is Dysfuntional

A few of you may understand that I am interested in paleontology. Those of you that don’t either never read this blog or are really slow learners. one day after watching Jurrasic Park for about the 100th time, I decided to pay attention to the credits and read up on some of the names. one of the dinosaur experts was a paleontologist from John Hopkins University by the name of Gregory S. Paul. Right now a few of you are wondering what paleontology has to do with the title. Read on and you will understand.Gregory Paul has been studying, writing and researching dinosaurs for over thirty years but recently has expanded his horizons to the interactions between religion and society. A really interesting and quite ironic fact is that Paul began looking into this because of the creationist claim that acceptance of evolution harms societies. Don’t think creationists will ever recover from the blow they received from this work [don’t think they have the intellect to understand this slam either]. For a few years before Paul formulated what he called the moral-creator socioeconomic hypothesis, there has been research done about the impact of religion on society but not too much of a concrete nature was published before Paul’s 2005 paper entitled Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look. In 2006, Pippa Norris and Ronald Ingelhart wrote Sacred and Secular then in 2009 Phil Zuckerman wrote Society Without God. It was shown already that there was an inverse relation between belief in god and acceptance of evolution [not a steep slope by any means but definitely negative]. Yet Paul felt something was missing from the bigger picture. Later in 2009 he published another paper entitled The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psychosociological Conditions. The conclusion of this paper says “high religiosity is not universal to human populations, and it is actually inversely related to a wide range of socio-economic indicators representing the health of modern democracies.” The paper goes on to drive it’s point firmly by showing numerous graphs showing beyond any possible doubt that as a society becomes more secure and prospers the population mostly loses interest in seeking the aid and protection of supernatural entities [IOW, no more seeking their invisible sky daddy].

Right now I can hear the grumblings from the religious right saying that by writing this I am trying to destroy religion. That isn’t exactly true though. I, as well as many others, would dearly love the USA [I say USA only because this is where I live] to prosper and become much more secure. That would mean the population would mostly lose interest in seeking the aid and protection of supernatural entities but that wouldn’t come about because religion is destroyed, it would be a direct result of our nation becoming more prosperous and secure.

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  1. I think when you are brainwashed religious at a young age, those ideas can be really hard to buck. (ie, The “God is love” platitude kept me from really questioning god’s morality. After all, he’s perfect, right? No need to look closer than that!

    I’m so thrilled when people study religion & even more thrilled to hear that it is as unhealthy as I think & feel (so I’m finally not on the other side of the map from reality.

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