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Wednesday, September 28

Societal problems correlated with a belief in God

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

“The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator.

“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”

I think it's a bit of a stretch to go from a correlation between a prevalent strong belief in God and "problems" to thinking that no belief in God wouldn't be a disaster. I think there likely does need to be some important shared beliefs for a society to function well.


Leo said...

People can have important shared beliefs without needed God's authority, can't they?

Becky said...

Of course. It just so happens that right now a lot of people have shared beliefs about a God. I think there "might" be some benefit to people thinking there's some supernatural being watching over their every move (as a dis-incentive to acting immorally while they think no one else is looking). I'm doubtful that it really has that effect on most people though.