The Proof is in the Pudding
Where I work I am accountable to meet certain metrics. We review these values periodically and set goals at a quarterly basis to try and meet and/or improve these values. If we don't meet our objectives, we are obligated to identify a valid reason or we take a hit on our bonuses and even potentially get RIF'd (Reduction In Force).
I often see debate around here regarding the benefits of Christianity on our society and the potential harm Atheism has on our morality. If this is the case it should be quite apparent by gathering a few key metrics. The first question I asked is where do we expect to see this influence of Christianity and the obvious answer was the United States.
* Christian: (78.5%)
o Protestant (51.3%)
o Roman Catholic (23.9%)
o Mormon (1.7%)
o other Christian (1.6%)
* unaffiliated (12.1%)
* none (4%)
* other or unspecified (2.5%)
* Jewish (1.7%)
* Buddhist (0.7%)
* Muslim (0.6%)
Christianity accounts for 78.5% of the population, that would seem to qualify this nation as a Christian majority.
I then looked for a sample of the least Religious nations to compare it against and came up with these choices: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Czech Republic, Finland, and France.
Now what metrics do we need?
If we are trying to look at the influence of Christianity and it's influence on our moral choices, I figured we would start with crime, homicide rates in particular, then I looked at marriage, or more specifically divorce rates to get an idea on how we are doing. Finally what about our kids? So let's look at teen pregnancy and abortion.
Here are the values I was able to pull.
Homicide Rate Per 1000:
Czech Republic .01/1000
Divorce Rate Per 1000:
Czech Republic 2.9/1000
Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Per 1000:
Sweden P: 7.7/1000 A: 17.7/1000
Denmark P: 8.2/1000 A: 15.4/1000
Norway P: 13.6/1000 A: 18.3/1000
Czech Republic P: 20.1/1000 A: 12.4/1000
Finland P: 9.8/1000 A: 9.6/1000
France P: 9.4/1000 A: 13.2/1000
US P: 55.6/1000 A: 30.2/1000
Now I fully understand numbers don't always tell the whole picture and there are obviously a number of additional contributing factors but when you own 78% of the population and have influence in every aspect of a nation, since the get go, are you not obligated to own up to some of these results? Is Christianity not doing it's job? Is there some barrier or influence impeding it's ability to take hold?
Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer. - William S. Burroughs