A new study reported in the Times of London compares the more religious society of the USA and that of the more secular UK, Japan, France and the Scandanavian countries.
The study reports:
“Many Americans agree that their churchgoing nation is an exceptional, God-blessed, shining city on the hill that stands as an impressive example for an increasingly sceptical world.
In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy and abortion in the prosperous democracies. The United States is almost always the most dysfunctional of the developing democracies, sometimes spectacularly so.”
The USA, more devout, more religious, more Christian, has:
a hugely higher rate of gonorrhea among adolescents;
a considerably higher murder rate;
a higher rate of adolescent abortion;
a higher rate of early childhood mortality;
a "uniquely high" rate of adolescent and adult syphilis;
a higher rate of teen pregnancy.
The author of the study, which was published in the US Journal of Religion and Society, Gregory Paul, says:
“The non-religious, proevolution democracies contradict the dictum that a society cannot enjoy good conditions unless most citizens ardently believe in a moral creator. The widely held fear that a Godless citizenry must experience societal disaster is therefore refuted.”