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Gregory S. Paul Again?! Unbelievable!

The infamous Gregory S. Paul study rears its disreputable head once again. When, oh when, oh when will this lousy research die its proper death? But here it is once again, on the Washington Post website, of all places!

How often do we hear from religious apologists that lack of religious belief is responsible for a gamut of social ills, from alcoholism to family breakdown and from sexually transmitted diseases to crime (claims that fly in the face of the facts, as it happens, since research demonstrates a clear correlation between religiosity and a whole host of social ills)?

[From Spirituality: It’s only human! – – The Washington Post]

Some of the best work on this study was done by my old Internet friend Scott Gilbreath, a Canadian statistician whose website sadly has gone dark. But there is still this:

That ought to be sufficient.

Hat Tip to Carson Weitnauer.

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5 thoughts on “Gregory S. Paul Again?! Unbelievable!

  1. Sheesh:

    “It’s not that one way is better than the other,” study researcher David Rand of Harvard said in a statement. “Intuitions are important and reflection is important, and you want some balance of the two. Where you are on that spectrum affects how you come out in terms of belief in God.”

    Is that Rand’s reflective observation or his gut feeling, and would it make a difference one way or another? What we see here is further evidence of scientists not believing that the truth of God is actually a matter of truth.

  2. These studies are always fun for me because of the silly statements that are often made. Take this opening statement, which comes from a link on the page that Holo referenced above:

    Sometimes when you think you’re guessing, your brain may actually know better.

    To me it sounds like there are two ‘people’ in your body – you and your brain. You are the problem and your brain is the solution.

    Notice also that my link concludes that ‘gut instict’ plays an important role in finding answers.

    “Intuition may have an important role in finding answers to all sorts of problems in everyday life,” Paller said.

  3. Imagine my shock to find the erstwhile respectable edge.org peddling in G.S.Paul disinformation… “Disbelief now rivals the great faiths in numbers and influence.” – sounds like “A myth is gaining ground” to me! (like previous Paul offerings, this one flies in the face of actual research in order to support an agenda)

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