Religion vs. Atheism

In Dinesh D’Souza’s book What’s So Great About Christianity, he cites how the more secular a society is, the less children they have, and the more religious a society, the more children they have. Societies with a sense of higher purpose tend to reproduce themselves, while those who think that they are mere cosmic accidents who have no eternal purpose tend to focus on their own desires and not go to all the trouble to raise children. He states:

“The important point is not just that atheism is unable to compete with religion in attracting followers, but also that the lifestyle of practical atheism seems to produce listless tribes that cannot even reproduce themselves.” (p.16).  “Not only is religion thriving, but it is thriving because it helps people to adapt and survive in the world. . . .  My conclusion is that it is not religion but atheism that requires a Darwinian explanation. Atheism is a bit like homosexuality: one is not sure where it fits into the a doctrine of natural selection. Why would nature select people who mate with others of the same sex, a process with no reproductive advantage at all? It seems equally perplexing why nature would breed a group of people who see no higher purpose to life or the universe.” (p.18, 19)

Of course, he is absolutely correct. The ultimate answer is that God has given us a higher purpose.


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One Response to Religion vs. Atheism

  1. Arkenaten says:

    Which, oddly enough, flies on the face of global religious trends that shows differently.
    The other stats regarding atheist countries, especially in certain countries on Northern Europe (Sweden for example) also show that these are more stable, more tolerant etc etc.
    You can do the research yourself, I’m sure.

    And in Brazil, for instance, that huge (supposedly) Catholic nation, their President is an atheist.
    Strange, but there you go.
    I appreciate that at times that some Americans have a somewhat myopic view of many things – like calling a game a World Series that includes three (?) other nations.
    Likewise, if one focuses on some of the wackadoodle Evangelist states in parts of the US, or believe the likes of William Lane Craig, one could be forgiven for thinking the Parousia is just around the corner.

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