Atheism - the road to destruction?
William Dembski over at uncommondescent.com blogged on Oct 29th, 2006
In evolutionary terms, is religion so bad?
by William Dembski on October 27th, 2006 · 29 Comments
In this piece, Dembski asks: "On strict evolutionary grounds, isn’t religion an adaptation that offers humans survival and reproductive advantages?" I think that might be true. I can see how, for example, the bonds created when people share the same religion could offer advantages (I can, like Dawkins, also see the opposite where religion might be a destructive force [although i wouldn't express myself as strongly as Dawkins does]). But then Dembski goes on with a lengthy quote from a Chuck Colson who claims that Russias on-going crisis (including an AIDS epidemic, alcohol and drug abuse, high abortion rates, suicide, environmental degradation and loss of hope in the future) is mainly due to ... atheism. "Seventy-four years of official atheism robbed the Russian people of this source of hope. This, more than a ruined economy and environmental degradation, is what has put Russia on the road to extinction.", Colson claims. Is this true?
The Great Depression of the 1930's saw a sharp rise in both homicide and suicide, environmental degradation (the so called dust bowl years) and a loss of hope (largely regained from