22 November 2008
“The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”
That's the conclusion of an article in the online version of the London Times. It summarizes a 2005 study that was published in the Journal of Religion and Society, a US academic journal. It provides strong evidence that a high incidence of religious belief correlate with higher rates of various social ills such as STD s, teen pregnancy, abortion, murder, violent crime, suicide, etc. And, though correlation is not the same as causation, it does show that even though a country is highly religious it isn't necessarily highly moral.