Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

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  1. zimv20 macrumors 601

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  2. Lacero macrumors 604

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    No need to look further than some of the Islamic states and places like Jerusalem. People there carry firearms in plain sight. Simply awful.
     
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    correlation vrs. causality. This study'd gonna need a whole lot more work to prove anything.
     
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    Doesn't every country say god is on their side?
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    No. There are countries that are officially atheist, there are also those that are predominantly Buddhist which provides no single personalised all-mighty deity...
     
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    If I wasn't an Atheist, I'd be a Buddhist... I'm totally down with the big fat, bald geezer! Buddha rocks as far as I'm concerned... and would kick the arses of all the other gods put together. ;) :D
     
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    I'm an atheist but have been mistaken for a Buddist....oh wait, no I've been mistaken for Budda :eek: :(
     
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    I wonder how Thailand stacks up then - Buddhist country.
     
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    but could he beat up Superman or Mighty Mouse?
     
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    I particularly enjoyed this:

    "developing democracy", eh? Interesting.
     
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    Not very well, lately.
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4274350.stm

     
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    Yeah that's what I was thinking while I read the article. Interesting theory, but there are far too many variables to make such broad statements on correlatory evidence.
     
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    Since we ditched Christianity in Holland in the 50ies things got a lot better. Now we are not only known for flowers but also for the drugs, s*x you name it.... I am sure we are much better off.... No wonder we have so much immigration </sarcasm>
     
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    Talk about causation problems :rolleyes:
     
  16. anonymous161 macrumors 6502

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    There are more than a few holes in this study.

    Regardless, if the US didn't have God to stand behind we would just rely on flaunting our wealth and shift the focus of our aggression from self-righteous persecution to maintaining our ridiculous standard of living.
     
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    I picked up on that one too. Doesn't do much for the author's credibility.
     
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    Odin > All
     
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    ahh, the bloated self-importance of mankind...

    shouldn't we, as His creations, be on His side? since when did He become our servant, minion and pep booster? ( and yes, that's dubya)
     

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    HA!

    actually he's about put it to his nose and lean over to a gigantic mirror...
     
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    Why does the symbol on his sweatshirt resemble an "A" followed by a hole?
     
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    I think that's just a rhetorical swipe at the developed/developing nations discourse. Nothing to get bent out of shape about.
     
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    Academic researchers aren't supposed to take rhetorical swipes.
     
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    religion is evil. Faith is good. Money, sex and beer are good. Naked women are good. Being free of spending money on useless organized religious establishments is good. I feel for the poor souls in the european countries that have to pay VAT. DOWN WITH VAT! DOWN I SAY! DOOOOOOOOOOOOOWN!
     

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