Yesterday, a very lengthy discussion was generated from the photo I shared that said “religion is the last relic of the primitive mind . . . . . ” The discussion lead to one person saying religious people are less depressed, and another person saying that nonreligious people are happier. So, who is right? I did some research on what differences exist related to the religious and non-religious. And, basically there is literature on both sides. Some articles said religious people are physically and emotionally healthier then the non-religious. And, I found articles that said the non-religious do less crimes and are more intelligent then religious people.
Let me share an article related to morality as compared to religious and non-religious. It was written by the psychologist Ara Norenzayam, and was published in the Behavior magazine, Dec. 5, 2013, with the title, “Does religion make people moral?” Part of his summary reads: “So does religion make people moral? This is a complex question with a complex answer . . . . . prosocial religions have been important cultural solutions that contributed to the creation of anonymous, moral communities, but clearly they are not necessary for morality. The same forces of cultural evolution that gave rise to prosocial religions with Big Gods also have, more recently, given rise to secular mechanisms that promote large-scale cooperation and trust. These social monitoring and norm-enforcement mechanisms, coupled with an innately given repertoire of moral emotions that can be harnessed to widen the scope of moral concern, have fashioned a new social phenomenon, perhaps even a novel social transition in human history: cooperative moral communities without belief in Big Gods.”
It seems to me that it truly depends on the person, whether religious or non-religious, as to how they behaviorally carry out their beliefs and values, that makes for their level of physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, and moral health. I encourage you to add to this discussion.