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Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies, a research paper by gregory paul in the journal of religion and society.

some of the results:

  • the US is the only prosperous democracy that retains high homicide rates
  • there is a positive correlation between pro-theistic factors and juvenile mortality
  • rates of adolescent gonorrhea infection remain six to three hundred times higher in the US than in less theistic developed democracies
  • the US also suffers from uniquely high adolescent and adult syphilis infection rates
  • increasing adolescent abortion rates show positive correlation with increasing belief and worship of a creator; again rates are uniquely high in the US
  • early adolescent pregnancy and birth rates are several times higher in the US
  • age of first intercourse, number of sexual partners and similar issues among teens do not exhibit wide disparity or a consistent pattern among the prosperous democracies sampled

interesting. this is just a first glance impression; i'll have to to reread it a lot more carefully.

on 2005-11-10 12:14 (UTC)
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Posted by [identity profile] aquaeri.livejournal.com
Yep, sure is interesting. I'm not sure if theism, religion, and fundamentalist-style rigidity aren't actually separate factors, though. The rigidity of American religion (at least the ones who speak loudly enough to get heard outside the country) has always seemed to me to be the real issue.

on 2005-11-10 13:37 (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] lizw.livejournal.com
I can't find France on the figures, which is disappointing, because I'm really surprised to see it classfied as secular (officially, yes; people's individual beliefs, very far from it, in my experience) or socially-cohesive (the recent rioting being only the most obvious counter-example.)

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