November 9, 2005

We know that the most dangerous human trait is an absence of self-doubt, and

that self-doubt is more likely to be absent from the mind of the believer than the infidel.

A fascinating essay on morality, behavior and religious belief by Monbiot. Provocative, and well worth a read.

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 … None of the strongly secularized, pro-evolution democracies is experiencing high levels of measurable dysfunction.” Within the United States the strongly theistic, anti-evolution South and Midwest” have markedly worse homicide, mortality, STD, youth pregnancy, marital and related problems than the Northeast where … secularization, and acceptance of evolution approach European norms”.

Link to column.

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