Friday, October 14, 2005

A scientist blames society's problems on religion

Read the Wall Street Article here:
Gregory S. Paul, writing in the Journal of Religion and Society, attempts to prove that religious belief, far from contributing to the moral fiber of society, actually causes social disintegration. Mr. Paul is a paleontologist whose previous works have included "Predatory Dinosaurs of the World" and "Dinosaurs of the Air."

He finds that highly developed countries with the lowest levels of belief in God also have the lowest levels of social pathology and the best physical health; and that the U.S., with its uniquely high level of religious belief, "is so inefficient that it is experiencing a much higher degree of societal distress than are less religious and wealthy, prosperous democracies."

Ergo, religion is bad, if not for you personally, at least for society as a whole. Mr. Paul's study has been covered in newspapers from Australia to England and lauded smugly in academic circles. As one University of Southern California student wrote in the Daily Trojan: "The last thing we [Americans] need is any more blind faith."

It is interesting that Mr. Paul's paper makes no mention of Russia, whose 70-year experiment with enforced atheism did not create a society altogether lacking in social pathology, to put it mildly, and where the life expectancy of men is now appreciably lower than that of credulous countries such as Guatemala.


At 5:56 PM, Blogger Colleen said...

The greatest threat to organized religion is the presence of the Holy Spirit. (author unknown) What scientist is satisfied with conclusions omitting evidence which may show completely different results? There are influences which he has not mentioned. His own biased view leads me to believe the evidence was manipulated to "prove" his hypothesis. Why did he bother? Was it done to discredit God by transfering blame onto Him for human error? Talk about blind faith, and arrogance. Religion is to Faith as a gymnasium is to exercise, non-essential.

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Colleen said...

Please forgive me as I want to add to my comment already published. Belief in God and the FEAR of God are not exactly the same. I am no scholar but somewhere is the Bible it says, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Malachi? Not certain. Anyone else know where that verse can be found?

At 8:41 AM, Blogger James Fletcher Baxter said...

When I was a young man, I heard the remark, "People who drive Cadillacs have more heart-attacks than anybody. Don't drive a Cadillac."

Western Civilization is a product of Judeo-Christian principles that includes individual value, liberty & freedom, political representation, etc. Thus, in free-choice societies, we also have a higher crime rate, etc.

Law and principle in a free environment doesn't make people good - or bad. But, it does give them opportunities to choose - and the consequences of their choices. Law defines minimal behavior for a civilization. Only ethics and morality raises a higher standard. Add: Humans cannot invent criteria greater than themselves and their ego. God has done that in His Word. It corrects the self-righteous as well as the law-breaker.

It even corrects the Fool who claims there is no God - but who cannot even invent a single standard of behavior greater than himself.

Romans 1:20-22

At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You mentioned Russia's forced atheism ,but that is the same problem that religion creates. It is a societal must, that almost completely forces children from an early age to accept a belief system founded on blind faith, completely evident mis-interpretation, historically incorrect counts, and teaches them all the wrong things, even when the facts are directly in front of them.

Religion is the most detrimental institutional tool on the planet, and has been so for thousands of years. Granted, there were times that it did contribute to the moral fiber of society, but right around the time Galileo was attempting to use science, and professed that the earth revolved around the sun, instead of vice-versa, the christain institutions of the time locked him up for being blasphemous, and that is about the time it wore out its welcome. People got smarter, and religion promotes complete ignorance out of blind faith. It stagnates our society, creates wars and mayhem, and does not allow for the human race to continue ahead. Religion makes us animals, and deteriorates our minds to the level of dumb beasts.

There is, factually, nothing good that comes from religion today. I'm just sad and completely distraught that American TEENAGERS are still walking around and telling me that Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed by god, evolution isn't real, Jesus was the son of god and other religions like Buddhism are evil. Because of religion, they don't know anything about the world around them, they can't study without a religious screen of bias over their eyes, and they are now stagnate and will probably not reach their full potential.

Your argument about forced atheism is completely true, you should force a belief on anyone, because a belief is a belief all the same. Instead, why not just let people be born and then learn without any kind of forced bias? Religion means an institutional belief, and organized structure of morals and forced athiesm is no different from religion. Your argument is invalid.


At 12:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"shouldn't" force a belief on anyone. I should probably check my spelling more often.

By the way, this wasn't an angry rant. To fill you in, I'm doing research for a persuasive speech for a Communications class. I chose the topic of how religion is detrimental to general world affairs.

In researching I came across your site, so I commented.



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