But of course facts aren’t what drives the New Atheism! It’s about an ehtos of outrage, arguably a compensation device for secular white males who want their turn up to bat against the influence of Christianity, an influence which renders them an awkward minority compared to the multi-ethnic, family-centered, and doggedly religious majority of humans. White Outrage against The Man (in the sky).

Shadow To Light

We are often told that the world would be a vastly better place if only we could get rid of religion, as religion is supposed to be responsible for all kinds of miseries and harm (as AC Grayling just insisted).   I think this is wishful thinking propped up by confirmation bias, largely because the New Atheist cyber-world is clearly no better than any cyber-community of religious people.

Sometimes, people try to compare whole nations to answer this question, but there are so many different and uncontrolled variables when making such comparisons that I think such analyses are essentially meaningless.   Instead, I think it would be more meaningful to compare different cities from the same nation with similar demographics, but differing degrees of religiosity.

Lucky for us, Gallop has finished a survey that looks at the religiosity of many different metro areas across the country.  It turns out the most religious…

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About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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