Rebirth of Reason

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 7:27pmSanction this postReply

Including Social Scientology?   I wish.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 9:13pmSanction this postReply


Now, Downey is the first to point out that correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation. But he was able to control for other factors including education, religious upbringing, rural/urban environments and income, to find a link that allowed him to “conclude, tentatively, that Internet use causes disaffiliation,” he said.

Despite the the attempt to filter out other possible causative effects it may simply be that religious people are less likely to spend a lot of time on the Internet because they are more innately averse to technology. If one polled church-goers and big Internet users as to their attitudes toward technology in general I have no doubt that the church-goers would have a more skeptical view of technology.


In my view, this type of survey is probably worth less than nothing.



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:14pmSanction this postReply

I think that Peter, Fred and Sam are all on the right track.  I'm with Peter in hoping the article is true - that religion is faltering in the face of the increased velocity of communication that the internet provides.  But I think it is more about ideas following a logical or psychologically compelling progression that is the primary cause, and the technology in use can only speed that up.


Fred reminds us that it is only the old-time religion that is going away, and the secular humanists are happy to see it go so as to make room for the new religion, their collectivist, psuedo-science worship of centralized control (dressed up as various legislative transition modes, like climate control, health care, etc.)  The real enemy isn't the church - they are too ridgid to last that long in a highly technical society  - God's mysterious areas of control shrink as fast as science reveals the real causes. The enemy is altruism and collectivism.  Old time religion was once a comfortable home for them, but now they need a new home.


And I'm with Sam.  This kind of research isn't worth much.  Bad science, which so much of the so-called research is made of, is just the new scripture of the new religion.

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