On 1/24/2013 9:32 AM, Craig Weinberg wrote:
On Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:52:59 AM UTC-5, rclough wrote:

    Hi Craig Weinberg

    An article in the American Journal of Psychiatry
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Journal_of_Psychiatry> in 2004 
suggested that
    atheists might have a higher suicide rate than theists.^[10]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-10> According 
to
    William Bainbridge <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sims_Bainbridge>, 
atheism
    is common among people whose social obligations are weak and is also 
connected to
    lower fertility rates in some industrial nations.^[11]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-11> Extended 
length of
    sobriety in alcohol recovery is related positively to higher levels of 
theistic
    belief, active community helping, and self-transcendence.^[12]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-12> Some 
studies state
    that in developed countries 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Developed_country>,
    health, life expectancy, and other correlates of wealth, tend to be 
statistical
    predictors of a greater percentage of atheists, compared to countries with 
higher
    proportions of believers.^[13]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-13> ^[14]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-mmartin-14> 
Multiple
    methodological problems have been identified with cross-national 
assessments of
    religiosity, secularity, and social health which undermine conclusive 
statements on
    religiosity and secularity in developed democracies. ^[15]
    <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_atheism#cite_note-15>"

    ^- wikipedia

Maybe it's because atheists have higher intelligence on average, and higher intelligence is associated with higher suicide rates in some studies. It's not that hard to see why. If you are smart enough to see through religion, you are smart enough to see through the spectacle that passes for life on this planet. Without the fear of burning in hell forever, a lot of people would probably be more likely to end their lives.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-human-beast/201005/the-real-reason-atheists-have-higher-iqs

It's probably a lot simpler than that. In the U.S. if you're an atheist it may be hard to find a sympathetic ear. Depending a lot on where you live, you may be isolated and reviled.

Brent

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