Originally posted by Suzianne
Heaven forbid (bwahahahaha! I crack myself up) I say the same thing about Atheism.
You could, but you would be flying in the face of the evidence that less religious
societies are nicer to live in by almost any metric you care to measure.
And I actually came across some interesting research the other day in that vein.
There has been lots of psychology research done in the few decades which claims
to show that the more strongly religious you test, the more mentally well you will
test [for things like being happy and not depressed ect]...
However this research ignored people [atheists] who didn't believe at all.
And when you redo the research but include atheists you get a U shaped curve.
With the extremes at either end being strongly correlated with good mental health
and those uncertain people in the middle having lower mental health.
Which means that the good mental health comes from having a strong world view
you have confidence in, rather than an uncertain one you are unsure about.
Which means that someone with rock solid [but stupid] religious beliefs like RJHinds
probably has pretty good mental health [all other things being equal] and sleeps
like a rock.
Likewise someone like me with rock solid confidence in my world view [and note my
world view isn't atheism, that's a result of it] also has pretty solid mental health and
But I have the advantages of being right about all the science stuff that he rejects.
So to be right AND have good mental health*, everyone should be a strong atheist.
EDIT:*all other things being equal. Having a strong world view helps, but is not sufficient to
have good mental health.