This news item reports on a study published in the Journal of Religion and Society which demonstrates a correlation between a number of social indicators (eg, murder rates, levels of abortion, STD infections) and the level of religious belief in that society. It compares the highly religious society of the Unites States with more secular ones such as Britain, France, Japan, and Scandinavia. The US has higher rates of all of these indicators and the report concludes that:
The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator. The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.
Keywords: religion, society, abortion