Belief in Benevolent God Aids Depression Care

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Right. And the depressed

Right. And the depressed religious people who didn't get better probably didn't believe hard enough.


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I never claimed this study was an argument for God's existence. It is an argument for the benefit of believing He exists.


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any number of things can

any number of things can mitigate depression, depending on one's temperament.  as i've said before, a purely pragmatic utilization of zen buddhism has been the best treatment for my depression.  it satisfies my aesthetically "spiritual" side while affirming the lack of any teleology in existence.  it "preaches" annihilation as the highest good and that has been incredibly liberating.  i was never more depressed than when i was as a christian, regardless of whether it was my scofield bible-thumping fundy days or my enlightened "moderate" days.

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OrdinaryClay wrote:

I never claimed this study was an argument for God's existence. It is an argument for the benefit of believing He exists.

Being in the middle of a major depressive episode, I can tell you that knowing someone, anyone, cares is helpful.  I can imagine if you have no faith in friends and family caring for you, believing in a god/s/dess who always cares may be an okay substitute for some people.  I feel sorry for people who have no other support system but an imaginary friend.  I am very grateful for friends and family who are supporting me at this time.  Hey, HIRE ME, I'll feel so much better, no imaginary friend required. 

-- I feel so much better since I stopped trying to believe.

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cj wrote:OrdinaryClay

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OrdinaryClay wrote:

I never claimed this study was an argument for God's existence. It is an argument for the benefit of believing He exists.

Being in the middle of a major depressive episode, I can tell you that knowing someone, anyone, cares is helpful.  I can imagine if you have no faith in friends and family caring for you, believing in a god/s/dess who always cares may be an okay substitute for some people.  I feel sorry for people who have no other support system but an imaginary friend.  I am very grateful for friends and family who are supporting me at this time.  Hey, HIRE ME, I'll feel so much better, no imaginary friend required. 

I hope you feel better soon.  Yes, caring family and friends is a wonderful thing.


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Unfortunately, sociological

Unfortunately, sociological comparisons suggest that that anything that increases levels of irrational belief decreases the overall functionality of the society, thereby increasing the need for such consolation. It's almost a vicious cycle. So poor societies are often highly religious, and it helps them cope, thereby helping to justify their religiosity, while locking the country into poverty and under-development.

But more enlightened/educated and less religious societies as in Western Europe tend to make more intelligent decisions about running the nation and so tend to achieve higher living standards and lower levels of stress and depression.

Its not an absolute relationship, but there does seem to be a quite significant correlation.

 

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OrdinaryClay wrote:Belief in

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Belief in Benevolent God Aids Depression Care 

So do lobotomies.