The God Delusion, Data

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The God Delusion, Data

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this, but I didn't see one that seemed more likely.  Here goes.

 

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins presented data from one or more studies on the correlation between religious belief and various societal health indicators (such as violence, teenage pregnancy, etc.)  I'm having trouble locating my copy of the book to find out more about this study/these studies, and Google is just turning up sales figures when I search for data from the book.  Does anyone know what study or studies were being referenced, or where I might be able to find out?

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There is a standard article

There is a standard article on this by Gregory S Paul, published in the Journal of Religion and Society.

The original article is http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11.html

This article was also discussed elsewhere - here is a good start:

http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/religious-belief-and-societal-health/

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Excellent!  Thank you, Bob.

Excellent!  Thank you, Bob.


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Kavis wrote:I'm not sure if

Kavis wrote:

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this, but I didn't see one that seemed more likely.  Here goes.

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins presented data from one or more studies on the correlation between religious belief and various societal health indicators (such as violence, teenage pregnancy, etc.)  I'm having trouble locating my copy of the book to find out more about this study/these studies, and Google is just turning up sales figures when I search for data from the book.  Does anyone know what study or studies were being referenced, or where I might be able to find out?

I heard that there are studies correlating atheism and stupidity.

I could probably use this website as a baseline.


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Mr_Metaphysics wrote:Kavis

Mr_Metaphysics wrote:

Kavis wrote:

I'm not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this, but I didn't see one that seemed more likely.  Here goes.

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins presented data from one or more studies on the correlation between religious belief and various societal health indicators (such as violence, teenage pregnancy, etc.)  I'm having trouble locating my copy of the book to find out more about this study/these studies, and Google is just turning up sales figures when I search for data from the book.  Does anyone know what study or studies were being referenced, or where I might be able to find out?

I heard that there are studies correlating atheism and stupidity.

I could probably use this website as a baseline.

Because you're allowed to post on it?

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Mr_Metaphysics wrote:I heard

Mr_Metaphysics wrote:

I heard that there are studies correlating atheism and stupidity.

I could probably use this website as a baseline.

So, what was the point of this post?

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Mr_M,There certainly are

Mr_M,

There certainly are studies correlating atheism with high accomplishment and status in science, which certainly requires intelligence, and also studies correlating less-religious societies with higher indexes of social well-being and lower crime-levels than similarly 'advanced' nations and societies with higher indices of religious observance.

The now well-known study by Gregory S Paul showed negative correlation between positive social measures and levels of religious observance.

So you may have mis-heard, or perhaps just wishful thinking, ie, you would like to believe that.

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