New Article on Relationship between Degree of Religious Belief and Societal Health

I’ve only skimmed this article, but I’m linking to it for others who might be interested. (Thanks to Charles Echelbarger for tipping me off to this.)

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About Jeffery Jay Lowder

Jeffery Jay Lowder is President Emeritus of Internet Infidels, Inc., which he co-founded in 1995. He is also co-editor of the book, The Empty Tomb: Jesus Beyond the Grave.

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  • Anonymous

    My kind thanks for Secular Outpost for allowing me as a guest to opine here: Oy Vey, which is Yiddish for oh my!, this article is so filled with statistical interpretive errors that one hardly knows where to begin, so I shall cut to the chase to save bandwidth: 1. Does one really think it is reliable to compare the poorer,agrarian South with the wealthier, industrial Northeast? 2. Does one think it is reliable to comapre a 300 million melting-pot mega-nation (the U.S.) with the homogenous Scandinavian countries? And then to use religion as the key variable? This is like arguing that the African American church is ineffectual because African Americans have the highest poverty,incarceration,unemployment,rates! Scandinavian countries have the highest suicide rates in the world, but I would certainly not make an argument that this is obviously because they lack hope and obviously because they have no communion with God! Even a first year statistics student would easily see all the methodological externalities and corrupters in this article. It would take me many pages to explain all the errors here, and as I am a guest, and a theist guest, I will not do this, trusting that common sense and academic truth -seeking integrity will compel others, even skeptics, to chime in and say what I would say if I was not trying to be polite,All the best,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09584034445340497926 bpabbott

    I’ve come across this link before. It is quite thought provoking. For those who look it over, be sure to click on the html links to the figures at the end of the document.

  • Anonymous

    dear bpabbot…you say the article was “thought provoking”…may I kindly inquire as to what thoughts it “provoked”? Mein Kampf, the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion and the collected prison correspondence of Charles Manson are also all, one would suppose, “thought provoking”…my concern, intellectually speaking, is the enormity of the analytical errors made in the article.Even the caveats of the author himself ought to clue one in on the obvious problems. All the best,

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09584034445340497926 bpabbott

    todd,

    You are welcome to your opinion, as I am to mine. With respect to “analytical errors”, you have made claims, but offered no substance. Prior to insisting on substance from me, for my opinion, you might offer substance for yours.

    Regards

  • Anonymous

    bpabbot, if you really are an engineer then you will know what the methodological problems with this article are, and if you arent then it wouldnt matter either.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09584034445340497926 bpabbott

    todd, … still more empty statements?


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