Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious Societies

Secular Societies Fare Better Than Religious SocietiesIf religion withers, does society rot? Clearly not.

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Comment by Joan Denoo on October 17, 2014 at 10:30pm

Of course correlation does not mean cause, it means the two things change together if they are positively correlated, or in the opposite direction if they are negatively correlated.

As Zuckerman stated, "those states in America with the worst quality of life tend to be among the most God-loving/most religious (such as Mississippi and Alabama), while those states with the best quality of life tend to among the least God-loving/least religious (such as Vermont and New Hampshire)."

Do you think the southern states are poorer than the northern states? Were those rich plantation owners driven to religion because of their poverty? Were the plantation owners able to morally own human beings because they were religious? Or were they religious because they owned slaves? Did the slave owning history drag down not only the economy of the south and the slaves as well. 

 

Comment by jay H on October 16, 2014 at 5:34am

There are other interpretations of the data (including by secularists) that poor economic or social conditions drive people to religion.

You need to be careful with correlation.

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