Originally posted by divegeester
How were you agreeing with me?
Well, I assumed your point was that there could be a correlation between the global banking crisis and atheism, but that would not mean that there was a causal link.
I simply pointed out that, even if more religious faith had been present in banks (thereby reducing the atheistic correlation) this would not necessarily have prevented the banking crisis.
Obviously my example lends no support to this one way or another, but I actually believe religious faith or the absence of it would have made little or no difference to the crisis, as other factors were at play which were more important.
So, similarly, I would not accept the supposed 'devastating conclusion' (which I think you and I believe was implied) that religious faith necessarily causes greater rates of homicide etc, without considering a whole host of other factors that might be at play.
Of course, if you were saying that atheism did indeed cause the banking crisis, then I have misunderstood the point you were making.