Latest research into the psychology and sociology of religion and non-belief.
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- On Ebuzzing since: 13/04/2009
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- Country: United Kingdom
- Language: English
Is it possible for two people to disagree, and for both to be right? Well it depends, of course, on what they're disagreeing about. If it's a matter of fact ('Dinosaurs are extinct'), then the answer is 'no'. On the other hand, if the discussion is about what flavour of ice cream is best then, well we are probably going to have to agree to differ. But is religion a fact or an opinion? And do kids...
It's fairly common for a national government to explicitly favour one particular religion or sect. This support can take many forms - financial, political, or legal - but the common factor is that the dominant religion gets a helping hand from the state. Now it probably wouldn't be too much of a surprise to learn that states inclined to interfere in religious expression are also more likely to...
In most countries, religious people tend to be happier and less depressed, and it's often suggested that religion somehow provides a happiness boost and protects against depression. Maybe, so the thought process goes, religious belief alone is enough to perk people up, but even if it doesn't then participating in religious gatherings, and the social support that goes with it - well surely that's...