I visited unkleE’s blog today and read his current post , “Do atheists pretend to know things they don’t know ?” I rarely agree with unkleE but today I did agree with some of what he had to say. As many of you know who know unkleE, he tends to think he provides overwhelming evidence for his positions. What tends to happen, happened today when he was citing “studies” to support his post.
unkleE, says, “The evidence I can find is not all one way, but overall it shows that christian faith (and some other religious belief) is actually associated with higher levels of physical and mental wellbeing. (There is a link at the bottom to a list of studies.)”
My response to him was, “I would be curious to know if there have been studies about other social groups like social clubs / organizations. Are members of non-religious social organizations also associated with higher levels of physical and mental well being. Although I have no evidence for this, my initial inclination would be, “yes” . Your thoughts ?”
unkleE says, “Hi Ken, I think you are right about other social groups, though I don’t have a reference I can put my hand son.”
But you see, before I posed the question about non-religious groups being able to do the same thing, unkleE (a christian) was quite content to let people think that it was religions (particularly christian)which help to promote a higher level of physical and mental well being.
I’m sure Neuro / Victoria will be able to shed some insight on this. 🙂
I think my next comment to unkleE will be that he might consider joining the :
Australian Beer Can Collectors Association
Now that’s an organization we could all get behind ! 🙂