Dan Ariely, Daniel Mochon, and Michael Norton polled people in the UK about their religiosity and their well-being. Of the non-religious, atheists were happiest, followed by agnostics and the just plain non-religious.
For the religious respondents, the researchers asked them how religious they were, and that response seems to have a strong relationship to happiness. The least religious religious people were on average happier than the agnostics but less happy than the atheists. The moderately religious were the least happy of all, but past that point, religious people just get happier the more religious they are. The most religious people were way happier than everybody else.
So hurray for them.
God is just like some douche minister who kills a bunch of poor (but cheap!) fish to freak children out. Lesson learned.
If only those kids had moved faster. More could’ve been saved…
From Dangerous Minds.
We’re 10 days away people! The end of the world is about a week-and-a-half away. Fritter away your precious remaining time by reading this interview with Harold Camping, chief prophesier at Family Radio.
Can Jewish people go to heaven?
Anybody — it’s not a matter of what religion you belong to, but it has to do with a personal attitude, and of course, if the Jewish people will accept the whole Bible — now if they reject Christ as their messiah, which the nation of Israel is doing, as was prophesied in the Bible also …. If they’re not trusting in the Bible, they’re not listening to the whole Bible, and so they’re under the wrath of God just like anybody else who’s not trusting the whole Bible.
So a Jew would have to believe that Jesus is the messiah.
Well you see, the fact is that Jesus is the eternal God, and if you deny that Christ is the eternal God, then you’re not listening to the Bible.
Michele Bachmann talks about her hiring strategy:
“I am asking your listeners to now please pray for me and my husband and my team,” Bachmann said. “Ask that the Lord will give us a special anointing on how to put our team together, who those team people will be, that he would bring those people to us.”
A story comes to us from Answers in Genesis about the six-year-old son of a Christian family whose “heart has been changed” since they took him to the Creation Museum.
At the end of the show her 6 year old son . . . grabbed one of the cards credit card type, the one you can sign the back of if you make a commitment to Christ and took it home. Later that night, as he was drying off from his bath, he turned and looked at his mom and asked, “Mommy, am I a Christian?” So they talked and prayed because he really wanted to know Jesus. He was so happy after that while he was brushing his teeth, he kept stopping to sing,” I’m a Christian, I’m a Christian!” They went and told his dad then pulled out that little card and he proudly signed his name and dated the card.
It is truly amazing that the museum was able to convince a six-year-old boy that the way to be a good person was to profess the same beliefs as his parents. The Lord is truly working miracles through the Creation Museum by getting young children to make lifetime commitments to things that they don’t really understand.
Via Unreasonable Faith.
A Virginia High School made Christian students take down copies of the Ten Commandments that they’d posted. The ACLU has reached out to the school in defense of the students’ right to post religious messages as long as the messages come from the students themselves and not the faculty.
“The Supreme Court recognizes the difference between school officials’ imposing religious messages on students, which violates the establishment clause, and school officials allowing students to express their own views on religion in situations that are not school-organized or sponsored,” said Glenberg in the release.
Via The Daily Dish.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible were sentenced to 10 years probation for involuntary manslaughter after their 2-year-old son died of pneumonia. They declined to get their son medical care because their religion considers treatment a sin. Says Herbert:
We tried to fight the devil, but in the end the devil won.
A primer on hipster faith:
In order to remain relevant in this new landscape, many evangelical pastors and church leaders are following the lead of the hipster trendsetters, making sure their churches can check off all the important items on the hipster checklist:
- Get the church involved in social justice and creation care.
- Show clips from R-rated Coen Brothers films (e.g., No Country for Old Men, Fargo) during services.
- Sponsor church outings to microbreweries.
- Put a worship pastor onstage decked in clothes from American Apparel.
- Be okay with cussing.
- Print bulletins only on recycled cardstock.
- Use Helvetica fonts as much as possible.
- Leverage technologies like Twitter.
Image via Epic Ponyz.
According to a Gallup poll of very religious, moderately religious, and non-religious people, the more religous you are, the healthier your lifestyle is.
Bummer. This news makes me want to lie around the house eating a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts.