According to the study, belief in and worship of God are not only unnecessary for a healthy society but may actually contribute to social problems.
The study counters the view of believers that religion is necessary to provide the moral and ethical foundations of a healthy society.
It compares the social peformance of relatively secular countries, such as Britain, with the US, where the majority believes in a creator rather than the theory of evolution. Many conservative evangelicals in the US consider Darwinism to be a social evil, believing that it inspires atheism and amorality.
The paper, published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal, reports: “Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.
“In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies.
“The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”
I don't want to brag, but I could have told you that, without the cost of an extensive research. It is obvious that religiosity is a symptom of a narrow, closed mind deadset against science, logic and common sense. Most religions are centuries old, and to try, in the 21st century, to blindly follow ancient precepts, formulated for Hebraic nomadic tribes and mistranslated and modified throughout the ages by corrupt medieval priests, is such an absurd proposition that failure is not only expected, but automatic. Religious fundamentalists can reject evolution all they want, it will still come back to bite them on their collective butt, for it would be like rejecting gravity. The more anti-science they get, the more stupider their homeschooled kids will be, and sooner or later, Darwin's law will kick in: smart will survive, stupid will go extinct. And in the case of the United States, there is an extra hurdle to jump in the race for supremacy among nations: their immature fear and loathing of sex. Is it any surprise, really, to find that the red states have the highest rate of divorce, abortion, teen pregnancy and STD infection? They are too busy trying to prevent homosexuals to marry or to adopt children, to notice that their priests are raping children and nuns.
God is just a facade for most people, an excuse to make them feel superior to non believers. So let's do away with all the religious mumbo jumbo and cut to the chase: the source of all sins is not a mythical devil, but ignorance.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.