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NYTimes Puzzled Why Religious People Live Longer

The New York Times published a piece that wondered exactly why religious people live longer by a professor from the University of Stanford:

ONE of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for you. Religious attendance — at least, religiosity — boosts the immune system and decreases blood pressure. It may add as much as two to three years to your life. The reason for this is not entirely clear.
She posits that it could be the built in social supports, it could just be a healthier lifestyle as Church attendees drink less, take less drugs, and are less promiscuous, and finally she posits that religious people clearly have better imaginations because they imagine God so they must be good at it.

But what if the answer is simpler and scarier. What if God just likes us better ;)


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17 comments:

Proteios1 said...

Well, at least the nyt has ended the facade that they are unbiased, investigative journalism. They are as silly and biased as the rest and look for ways to slander religion on one day and be innocently dismissive of it the next. How useful they are.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I doubt "God" would prefer an asshole like you over anyone else.

Dean said...

Bravely said Anonymous.
Your courage, to insult someone without using your own name, is an inspiration.
The scare quotes around God, that brought tears to my eyes and made me question my religion.
Bravo.

Dean said...

Bravely said Anonymous.
Your courage, to insult someone without using your own name, is an inspiration.
The scare quotes around God, that brought tears to my eyes and made me question my religion.
Bravo.

Anonymous said...

Would you prefer "Allah"? Perhaps "Fictional Sky Man"? Or, FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER! Delicious.

Chudah said...

I've known plenty of evil people that have lived nice, long lives. I don't necessarily believe it's because God likes us better, He loves everyone.

I do think it may have something to do with lessened stress and better coping mechanisms when tragedy besets us. My mother-in-law, who's into the whole new age, earthy junk, has confessed that she believes I deal with hardship and tragedy better because of my faith. I know a lot of times instead of worrying myself to death (pun intended), I just let go an leave things up to God, and it really helps me deal better.

Obuzome said...

With God you'll definately be able to deal with hardships and tragedy better. See http://www.unn.edu.ng/ for more articles.

Paul Zummo said...

FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER!

Bravely anonymous, and completely original to boot. We have a real winner here.

Anonymous said...

Poor Paul! Go pray for salvation, or some shit.

Anonymous said...

Not only is anonymous brave, but his command of the English language is stellar.

Deb

Andrea said...

I don't think Mr. Archbold was trying to provide a scientific fact. I sensed a hint of good ol' humor in his statement :) "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly." ~ G. K. Chesterton.

Sherry Antonetti said...

Need to create a symbol at the top of post...maybe with the Fe symbol and a siren...Irony alert!

sparrow said...

Anonymous must not truly be an atheist, hanging around a site like this indicates interest. Even the ridicule indicates a remnant of interest in the greater questions and perhaps a lingering faith or doubt of the atheistic world view. Real confident atheism manifests as indifference.

Katalina said...

The agnostics and atheists of today are different from those of the past. Many (though not all of them) are turning militant. They sue and try to shut down or silence someone because they are "offended" by the word God or what not. We here in the USA have a Constitution and in it it does not say Americans do NOT have a right not to be "offended". This is what the "Freedom of Speech" is otherwise you don't believe in it.

Anonymous said...

What Andrea said. Because I would have said it, if she hadn't.

Lighten up, people. Atheist Fundamentalists included.

-Elodie

Anonymous said...

Some atheists like poking Matt for his hatred of Obama. We (mostly) just enjoy the smug belief that when we realized our parents lied to us about Santa, they also weren't honest about god. Both my parents have since been honest. Matt's hatred of liberals just keeps bringing me back. I hope he stars to rail against SSM. France, and soon Delaware and Rhode Island... Matt, don't let me down.

Rover Serton

Andrea said...

Rover, careful how you use the word hatred. Disagreeing is not the same as hatred. His criticisms are not unfounded.

And two, parents are not the origin of truth (not that you meant that literally). God's existence doesn't depend on anyone. God is Being. And truth is not always found manifested in the majority because it the harder road to live out. Most follow the path of least resistance.

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