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Cross-national comparisons of highly differing rates of religiosity and societal conditions form a mass epidemiological experiment that can be used to test whether high rates of belief in and worship of a creator are necessary for high levels of social health. Data correlations show that in almost all regards the highly secular democracies consistently enjoy low rates of societal dysfunction, while pro-religious and anti-evolution America performs poorly.
 The United States’ deep social problems are all the more disturbing because the nation enjoys exceptional per capita wealth among the major western nations ... The U.S. is therefore the least efficient western nation in terms of converting wealth into cultural and physical health. Understanding the reasons for this failure is urgent, and doing so requires considering the degree to which cause versus effect is responsible for the observed correlations between social conditions and religiosity versus secularism.
There is evidence that within the U.S. strong disparities in religious belief versus acceptance of evolution are correlated with similarly varying rates of societal dysfunction, the strongly theistic, anti-evolution south and mid-west having markedly worse homicide, mortality, STD, youth pregnancy, marital and related problems than the northeast where societal conditions, secularization, and acceptance of evolution approach European norms.
Originally posted by Jim Scott
Apparently a simple request of any search engine regarding secularism and dysfunction will conjure up a host of secular sites promoting their agendas through "studies" of how religion is bad and secularism is good. I suppose your reputation of being against Christianity has led you to posting another thread about how it is destructive to believe in God. Of course, I disagree. I do, however, think there are few Christians who are intentionally attacking secularism with studies and funding.
One questions the motives of such efforts. What is the point of destroying a belief in God? It would seem that secularist think that removing a belief in a loving and caring God, who wants us to do unto others like we would want them to do unto us, will make the world a much better place. I think not.
I believe what you are seeing is related to two principles:
1. Where there is the most good, you will find the most evil.
2. God blesses a nation that loves Him. People who are blessed tend to fall in to sin and forget God. (This is the run of history in the Bible of the nation of Israel).
Makes sense to me that our nation has much faith in God. We are a missionary nation to the world, also. We provide food, hope, love, and development to nations in need around the globe. Makes sense to me that Satan (forces of evil) would want to destroy us from within, therefore targeting our people for the greatest temptations and corruption.
In this shocking memoir, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins tells of his own inner journey from willing servant of empire to impassioned advocate for the rights of oppressed people. Covertly recruited by the United States National Security Agency and on the payroll of an international consulting firm, he traveled the world—to Indonesia, Panama, Ecuador, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and other strategically important countries. His job was to implement policies that promoted the interests of the U.S. corporatocracy (a coalition of government, banks, and corporations) while professing to alleviate poverty—policies that alienated many nations and ultimately led to September 11 and growing anti-Americanism.
Thank you for proving my point. Here's some more for you, too:
Therefore, let us be even more dedicated to God and committed to sending out more missionaries, love, food, and hope to the world. It may hurt us a little to be tempted and tried by evil forces, and we may lose a few citizens in the process, but isn't it worth it to give so much to so many who have so little?
Originally posted by jd140
reply to post by metamagic
Its been a while since I seen a good article on how christianity is bad for the world.
I liked it.