Atheism’s Benefits

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In spite of the scandals, religious groups still lead the way on public good

http://www.smh.com.au/action/printArticle?id=3870081

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Health:

” A vast body of research, amassed over recent decades, shows that religious belief is physically and psychologically beneficial – to a remarkable degree.”

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/seanthomas/100231060/are-atheists-mentally-ill/

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Study: Attending Church Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

http://www.christianpost.com/news/study-attending-church-linked-to-lower-blood-pressure-65742/print.html

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Religion and Mental Health: Going to Church Is Good for You

http://www.reasons.org/articles/religion-and-mental-health-going-to-church-is-good-for-you

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For Good Self-Control, Try Getting Religious About It

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/30/science/30tier.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print


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Spirituality Correlates to Better Mental Health Regardless of Religion, Say Researchers

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120820132332.htm

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Live Long and Prosper: Going to Church Increases Lifespan

http://www.reasons.org/articles/live-long-and-prosper-going-to-church-increases-lifespan

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Psychological research has found that religious people feel great about themselves, with a tendency toward higher social self-esteem and better psychological adjustment than non-believers.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120120010447.htm

[That story, however, didn’t mention whether the study differentiated between religions.]

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Religious Americans Enjoy Higher Wellbeing

Relationship holds when controlling for key demographics

http://www.gallup.com/poll/152723/Religious-Americans-Enjoy-Higher-Wellbeing.aspx

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Religion Makes People Happier

http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2012/04/12/religion-makes-people-happierbut-why

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For people at high risk of depression because of a family history, spirituality may offer some protection for the brain…

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/thicker-brain-sections-tied-spirituality-study-191414460.html

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In U.S., Churchgoers Boast Better Mood, Especially on Sundays

http://www.gallup.com/poll/153374/Churchgoers-Boast-Better-Mood-Especially-Sundays.aspx?utm_source=alert&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=syndication&utm_content=morelink&utm_term=Religion%20-%20Religion%20and%20Social%20Trends%20-%20Wellbeing%20-%20Well-Being%20Index

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How you’re more likely to binge drink if you don’t believe in God

http://www.scotsman.com/the-scotsman/health/how-you-re-more-likely-to-binge-drink-if-you-don-t-believe-in-god-1-2606711?fb_action_ids=10151290381870948&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UJDQkKmG0Bw.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582

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Going to Church Helps You Stay [Chemically] Clean

http://www.reasons.org/articles/going-to-church-helps-you-stay-clean

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Famed atheist Alain de Botton… highlighted many ways in which religion is useful even for secularists.“

http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheist-alain-de-botton-insists-society-needs-guidance-from-religion-69941/

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Crime:

In the end, those that completed the program were two times less likely to be arrested again than those who didn’t go through the program.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/more-religion-equals-less-crime-60432/print.html

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Belief in Hell, According to International Data, Is Associated With Reduced Crime

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120619093217.htm

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ASND wonders how many atheists know that thoroughly secular Sweden has a nearly 300% higher larceny rate (per 1,000 in the population), about 175% more rape victims (per 1,000 in the population), over 100% more murder and aggravated assault vicitms (per 1,000 in the population), and a 17% higher total crime victim rate than the considerably more Christian United States.

http://www.nationmaster.com/compare/Sweden/United-States/Crime

http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/rwinslow/europe/sweden.html

[Hmm…]

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Religious Communities Have Lower Rates Of Black, White and Latino Violence

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-briggs/no-time-for-crime-study-f_b_4384046.html?view=print&comm_ref=false

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The real reason I’m here is to tell you your son, when he arrived, was dead.  There is no medical evidence or reason for your son to be alive.  He’s a miracle, and you need to remind him of this.”

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=37778

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Academics:

Church Attendance Boosts Student GPAs

http://www.livescience.com/culture/080819-church-grades.html

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Church-Going Teens Go Further With School, U.S. Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121101171948.htm

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Churchgoing youth are 70 percent more likely to enroll in college than unaffiliated peers, research finds.

http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2012/11/jssr-study-connects-college-attendance-to-churchgoing.html

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On average, whites do better in school than blacks and Latinos. This achievement gap is greatly reduced, however, among blacks and Latinos who have high levels of religious participation [&] personal religiosity…

http://www.christianpost.com/news/study-faith-family-most-important-to-reduce-race-based-achievement-gap-71130/print.html

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Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers

The stronger… they believed in God… the fewer errors they made.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090304160400.htm

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Religious citizens more involved — and more scarce?

http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-05-14-church-community_N.htm

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Most of those seeking [an escape from homosexuality] and most of those who actually attain some level of [escape] are highly religiously committed, and these individuals who believe in a God who intervenes in their lives are embedded in communities of care and are motivated by their core understanding of who they are as a person before God.  It is a wonder that anyone without such resources successfully obtains sexual-orientation change.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/01/same-sex-science

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People who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—whether Christian or other—have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.  The factor making the most difference is religious commitment and practice.

http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/09/25/factchecker-divorce-rate-among-christians/

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Less Religious Are Less Likely to Vote, Finds New Poll

http://www.christianpost.com/news/less-religious-are-less-likely-to-vote-says-new-poll-83750/

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Religion Is Good for Business, Shows Study

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131220154509.htm

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Do Religious People Love Their Neighbors? Yes, Some Neighbors, Study Finds

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140124093701.htm

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