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”.