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Solving the Health-Religion Puzzle

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Nigel Barber

Religion boosts health in the US. Yet, the most religious countries are the sickest. This paradox can be explained in terms of stress management.

Journalism Is Red in Tooth and Claw

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.01.2015 | Media
Nigel Barber

If it bleeds, it leads is a truism of news coverage. We all sympathize with the victims of senseless violence, and their families, because we know that it could have been us, and our families. Yet, our world has never been less violent - except in news media and entertainment.

Freedom From Religion as a Civil Right

Nigel Barber | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

The separation of church and state in the U.S. constitution is more honored in the breach than in the observance.

Why Mississippi Is More Religious Than New Hampshire

Nigel Barber | Posted 12.30.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

A minority of New Hampshire residents see religion as being important in their daily lives (46 percent) in contrast to a large majority of Mississippians (85 percent). How can such huge differences be explained?

Can We Distinguish Between a Religion and a Con Game?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Books
Nigel Barber

Mormonism is an intriguing case history because it has a very shady past but has come to be accepted as a mainstream religion.

'Atheism to Replace Religion by 2041': A Clarification

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.02.2013 | Science
Nigel Barber

This story was recently taken up by the Guardian Express and the International Business Times, whose writers were responding to a prediction in my book Why Atheism Will Replace Religion. I want to correct some of their errors and clarify the actual claim.

Is Gay Marriage a Civil Right?

Nigel Barber | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Redefining marriage as a civil right strips it of its defining feature as a reproductive union. This problem is seldom explicitly acknowledged. Yet, it is expressed indirectly in the semantics of the gay marriage debate.

Christians Preach Fairness But Practice Oppression

Nigel Barber | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Nigel Barber

Religious people focus on an afterlife where the problems of inequality, injustice, and exploitation magically vaporize. This otherworldly perspective does nothing to put food on the table for hungry people but fobs them off with unverifiable promises to be delivered after death.

Big Government Kills Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Why is religion in decline in countries where ordinary people enjoy a better standard of living? It seems that there is less fear and uncertainty in people's daily lives. Consequently there is less need for religion to help people cope with the feeling that they have little control over their lives.

Is Religion on the Way Out?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

About three-quarters of the world's population feels that religion is important. Yet, this large majority is set to dwindle into minority status within a generation. The reason is that affluence kills piety.