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Old 12-09-2010, 06:58 AM
 
Location: If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space
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Attitude is everything, right?

My guess is that religious people have just as many social problems as the irreligious when it comes to things like substance abuse, marital issues, unemployment, etc.

Happier overall despite the troubles? Sure, I could see that. If you have God and religion there's always one more place to turn for help/solace. It's like having a parent there to take care of you. Christians speak of 'turning their troubles' over to God in the form of prayer. So, they're absolved of carrying the burden themselves. If you're a believer, I imagine that'd be no small comfort and could equate to less stress and greater life satisfaction/happiness/hope.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:14 AM
 
Location: maryland
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According to what I have read there is a direct link between being religious, going to church and being happy. There is also a link between going to Church and not having social and personal problems. (such as drug and alcohol abuse, premarital sex, personality disorders, divorce, problems with marriages, career problems, etc.)

Studies have shown that people who are religious just do better in society and are better adjusted to our world. So, do you believe these studies?
I don't get how premarital sex and religion can be linked,nor alcohol abuse because both are higher in the bible belt, along with divorce.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: maryland
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"Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes", translates to "Religion is the opium of the people" Karl Marx
Isn't it opium of the masses?
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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opiate of the masses
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I don't get how premarital sex and religion can be linked,nor alcohol abuse because both are higher in the bible belt, along with divorce.
Possibly more tied to socio-economics than religiosity. The bible belt happens to be poorer than most US places. Poorer places are also more obese.
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Old 12-09-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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Isn't it opium of the masses?
That is the common saying today, I posted the original quote, in German with the original translation.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:11 PM
 
Location: maryland
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That is the common saying today, I posted the original quote, in German with the original translation.
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:16 PM
 
Location: maryland
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Possibly more tied to socio-economics than religiosity. The bible belt happens to be poorer than most US places. Poorer places are also more obese.

There are a lot of poor states that have low numbers in some of those areas though....iowa, north dakota ,etc
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Old 12-09-2010, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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No. I believe that people are people, and there is no one factor that makes them all conform to a single "norm".
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:08 PM
 
Location: North Central Ohio, to be exact :)
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I find that statistic too vague. Which religions, specifically, make people happier? For example, are Muslims happier than Fundamentalists, or Catholics more so than Lutherans?
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