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Entries by Nigel Barber from 07/2012

The Security Blanket Concept of Religion

| Posted 07.06.2012 | Science

Although religious people tend to reject the security-blanket approach as simplistic, it is versatile and helps us understand a great deal about religious practices that are otherwise difficult to explain.

Is the Debate on Gay Marriage Effectively Over?

| Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics

So what has happened in this country that has pushed young Americans to the opposite side of the gay marriage see-saw from their parents?

Why Religion Rules American Politics

| Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics

For a developed country, the U.S. is extraordinarily high on religion. Thus 65 percent of Americans say that religion is important in their daily lives compared to just 17 percent of Swedes, 19 percent of Danes, and 24 percent of Japanese.

Are Religious People Happier?

| Posted 07.30.2012 | World

If religion contributes to happiness, then the most religious countries should be happiest. Yet, the opposite is true.