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The Atheist Dilemma

01 November 2012, 10:45

After the furore my last article engendered, I decided it was time to settle some issues which were completely overlooked, or perhaps even misunderstood. Many people thought this article was an attack on atheists, and nothing could be further from the truth. I do not believe a frontal attack ever solved any problems, and I can’t see that happening now.

So I’ve approached the problem from a different angle; that of the atheist dilemma. And believe me, after you’ve perused this little piece, you’ll see just how much of a dilemma it is.

1)Atheists are, in general, more law-abiding than their more religious counterparts, which would seem strange, looking at the fundamentals most religions preach. Only 2.72% of the US Prison population are atheist, and those are mostly white-collar crimes. Here is where it gets interesting, however.

The progeny of atheists do not seem to fare so well. Due to the lack of a defined moral compass in the home, and more often than not, multiple marriages, their offspring are 17 times more likely to commit violent and major crimes than their religious counterparts.

Fascinating, isn’t it?

H.J.Kempen and L.J.K Larsen. The Effect of Religion on the Home and Nuclear Family: University of Pennsylvania, 2009

2) Atheism, as a way of life, has generated more than 55% of the world conflicts in the last twenty years alone. This flies in the face of generally accepted consensus, where religion has been blamed, largely by atheists, for the world’s ills. Much of this has to do with the sales of arms to dictatorships and has been carefully dissected and found to be almost entirely atheistic in origin.

Where religion has played a part, as it had to of course, they were spurred on by largely atheistic forces, such as the Soviet Union, Tamil Tigers, and so on.

L.K. Frueen. Religion and Warfare in a Secular Society: Cambridge Free Press, 2010

3) One of my little pet projects, as you all know by now, is the fact of evolution. Evolution is quite remarkable for the effect it has had on society as a whole, Western society in particular. Along with the loss of a moral compass due to post-modernism, has come the feeling of despair associated with a dying world.

When modern youth look at the world around us, they fear for their future progeny and, as such despair for their own future, which has led to an increase in suicides. These suicides are strange in that they occur amongst those who live in the most comfort and, essentially, have the most to live for.

When they see no God, or indeed no need for one, they seem to indulge in nihilistic practises, as there is no hope at all for them.

They may not believe the world will end as the Bible predicts, but end it will, and that pretty soon at the rate we’re going. So they despair, and with nothing to look forward to, it’s hardly surprising. All religions believe in an afterlife of sorts, with Christianity offering more than just an afterlife, but a vastly improved life right here and now.

Of religious youth polled, and this is across all spectrums of religion, most felt positive about the future. Of the Christian youth polled, most felt positive about both the present and the future.

R.J. McDonald, T.L. Huston and M.J.R.L. Theosten (PHd) Morals and Hope in a Post-modern World: University of Arizona, 2008

4) Atheists, especially the militant kind, seem not to possess a sense of humour. It was found in a study that they did not laugh at themselves, as Christians, in particular did, and took offence at the slightest questioning of their religious belief, or lack thereof.

Muslims rated lowest of all when it came to laughing at themselves, but atheists followed hot on their heels. Christians, it seemed, and agnostics seemed to have no problem in finding themselves laughed at, and would join in the merriment at their expense.

When evolution was mocked, atheists took extreme offence. When Christianity was mocked, Christians seemed to take it in their stride. When Islam was mocked, Muslims took great offence. The findings, overall, were that Christians and agnostics had the most developed sense of humour, finding much common ground for amusement.

K.T. Rexstall. What Makes us Laugh? Simon and Shuster, 1999.

5) Now we come to the most interesting piece, which is why I’ve left it till last. It seems, according to a ten year study conducted, the progeny of atheists generally display a lower IQ when tested than their religious counterparts. After exhaustive questioning of over 11 000 students and 850 teachers and lecturers, a conclusion was reached. A shocking conclusion, but true.

For reasons not yet established, and for which there seems little hope of any accord being reached, the offspring of the ‘smarts’ are definitely not as smart as the offspring of the ‘dumbs’, or brainwashed, whatever you want to call them. They obviously mean those who come from religious, largely Christian homes.

Source: The Gallup Organisation, 2012

Well, there you have it in black and white: things are not as rosy in the atheist garden as they would have us believe. It seems religious people, Christians in particular, fare better in just about every aspect which can be judged in a manner such as this.

As contentious as these assertions are, I assure you they’re true.

Only the facts are made up.

And the references.

And I hope you had the decency to smirk, at the very least

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