Friday, December 09, 2005

When Faith Itself is a Problem

A study published in the Journal of Religion and Society was done to prove or disprove the concept that "a religious society is a moral society."

Apparently, the opposite is true. Gregory S. Paul ranked 18 prosperous democracies according to their religious fervency, then correlated the results with quantifiable societal health factors.

The results were startling. The U.S., which is by far the most fervent advanced nation in the world, has the most social problems. We have the highest rates of abortion, murder, divorce and teen pregnancy. And the more religious the U.S. state (i.e. "red state") the more these problems exist.

The correlation is fairly clear in this study. But what does it mean?

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