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Spirituality News & Posts:
1. Nigel Barber: Why Atheism Replaces Religion In Developed Countries
“Atheists are heavily concentrated in economically developed countries, particularly the social democracies of Europe. In underdeveloped countries, there are virtually no atheists. Atheism is a peculiarly modern phenomenon. Why do modern conditions produce atheism? In a new study, I provide compelling evidence that atheism increases along with the quality of life.”
2. Stephanie Sandberg: God On The Spoon
“The practicing Christians I admire take their faith and apply it to the world, from the big city/big church minister to the small-town Catholic who went back to take her vows to my mother and her mixed-salad approach to positive thinking. They seek to alleviate the world’s heartache, in addition to finding support for themselves, basically in that order. Faith in God to them is a window to that world, a welcome to its citizens, some hope for provision of comfort.”
3. Rabbi Rami Shapiro: Bad Gods Make Good People
“In a recent study of the impact of religious beliefs on human behavior* researchers found that those who believe in a punishing god are more likely to avoid cheating than those who believe in a loving god. The reasoning is simple: if you think God is watching over you and ever ready to condemn you for sinning, chances are you are not going to sin.”