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
atheists might have a higher suicide rate than theists.^
William Bainbridge <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Sims_Bainbridge>,
is common among people whose social obligations are weak and is also
lower fertility rates in some industrial nations.^
sobriety in alcohol recovery is related positively to higher levels of
belief, active community helping, and self-transcendence.^
that in developed countries
health, life expectancy, and other correlates of wealth, tend to be
predictors of a greater percentage of atheists, compared to countries with
proportions of believers.^
methodological problems have been identified with cross-national
religiosity, secularity, and social health which undermine conclusive
religiosity and secularity in developed democracies. ^
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.
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.
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