What is the relationship between a nation’s religiosity and its “moral health?” Most people would say there is a positive correlation between national religiosity and national moral health (most likely not members of this forum). Americans are among the most religious people in the Western world, and yet we have among the highest rates of homicide, abortion, and teen pregnancies.
All though there have always been anecdotal reports among the non-religious, and small scale studies showing that religion has a negative effect on morality “The Kripke Center” has published the first large scale scientific study on the subject called: “Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies.”
• Belief in evolution is negatively correlated with belief /worship of a creator and bible literalism.
• Homicide and violent crime are positively correlated with theistic belief
• Youth suicide is not correlated with theistic belief
• Youth mortality is positively correlated with theistic belief.
• Shortened lifespan is positively correlated with theistic belief
• Higher STD rates are positively correlated with theistic belief
• Higher rates of abortion are positively correlated with theistic belief
• Adolescent pregnancy is positively correlated theistic belief
• Age of first intercourse and sexual practices are correlated to theistic belief
(The correlation becomes stronger when absolute belief and prayer are considered for all these conclusions.)
Despite popular conception the stronger the agreement with scientific theory a society has the more moral that society is.
The article: Journal of Religion and Society ... checkout the data at the bottom the correlations become obvious