Prosthetic Conscience wrote:So your basis for declaring your god as The One True God is that Christians are now the largest religious grouping on Earth, and they buy lots of copies of their sacred book. This may mean that your god didn't become God until perhaps 500 years ago, when the invention of the printing press, ocean-going ships, and firearms in Europe enabled their religion to overtake south and east Asian religions in numbers of both believers and books.
If you want to label fallacies in Latin, yours is "argumentum ad populum".
Your conception of God is a successful marketeer (with armed forces backing him up). Very appropriate for the 20th and 21st centuries, but a depressing state of affairs. Have you considered examining the credibility of the Bible instead? You'll find it's laughably unbelievable, unless you think God has severe personality disorders.
Godless Leftists are constantly putting YOUR words in other people's mouths and then proceeding on the basis of your lie. I did not say what you claim. There are many reasons to trust the Bible. That is why so many billions have done so over all time. Try to think before blathering.
People of faith live longer than atheists.
For the study, a team of Ohio University academics, including associate professor of psychology Christian End, analysed more than 1,500 obituaries from across the US to piece together how the defining features of our lives affect our longevity.
These records include religious affiliations and marriage details as well as information on activities, hobbies and habits, which can help or hinder our health, not otherwise captured in census data.
The study, published in Social Psychological and Personality Science today, found that on average people whose obituary mentioned they were religious lived an extra 5.64 years.
Atheists commit suicide far more often than those of faith, which is clearly not "rational"
"Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns" in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, ed. by Michael Martin, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK (2005). In examining various indicators of societal health, Zuckerman concludes about suicide:
"Concerning suicide rates, this is the one indicator of societal health in which religious nations fare much better than secular nations. According to the 2003 World Health Organization's report on international male suicides rates (which compared 100 countries), of the top ten nations with the highest male suicide rates, all but one (Sri Lanka) are strongly irreligious nations with high levels of atheism. It is interesting to note, however, that of the top remaining nine nations leading the world in male suicide rates, all are former Soviet/Communist nations, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Latvia. Of the bottom ten nations with the lowest male suicide rates, all are highly religious nations with statistically insignificant levels of organic atheism."
The list of atheist shooters and serial killers does not correspond to claims of intellectual superiority and rationality.
Atheists have a long record of being mass shooters and militant atheism in general has a causal association with mass murder.
Due to this fact, peer reviewed research published in academic journals has found that society-at-large is likely to hold atheists responsible for capital criminal acts and that even atheists are likely to assume that serial killers are fellow atheists.