by Datechguy | December 21st, 2012
A couple of days ago I wrote this concerning Judeo Christian Culture…
The truth is very simple, one of the things that Christianity and the Judeo Christian Culture provides is a society that has positive values. That individuals and institutions haven’t always lived up to those values doesn’t make the values any less valid than a corrupt cop means the police should be disbanded.
I would think that even if you didn’t believe in the religion the moral structure might be valuable.
We’ve already seen the image of wealthy atheists funding Catholic Schools because they provided the best educational chance for children, making it the rational choice for society.
Now we see elite atheists making another rational choice for their own children:
The researchers found that agnostics attend religious services (e.g., church) at about the same rate regardless of whether they have any children. By contrast, the attendance rate of atheists with children jumps 70% compared to those without. Children constitute a statistically significant factor in atheists attending religious services and joining religious communities. It should be noted that the atheists and agnostics in this study are all top-tier scientists, so these findings may not hold for atheists in general.
Looked at another way, contrary to popular expectation, atheist scientists show a proclivity to join a religious community when raising children. Unlike many atheists who feel isolated in a region of heavy religiosity, scientists have ready access to a community of fellow, morally minded atheists, and yet choose to raise their children in a religious community
If that doesn’t make online atheist go Kryten this next bit will:
In many circumstances they favored a religious upbringing because, third, they believed it would provide children with moral orientation. One scientist, who does not have children, said he would raise his children in the Catholic Church because he was raised Catholic and believes Catholicism teaches children important values.
What? You mean to tell me that these top-tier atheist scientists, the pool where this study was taken, these well-educated brilliant people need religion to teach moral values? Simple rationality can’t do it alone?
Hopefully the children of these scientists will grow up fast enough with strong enough moral values to solve this pressing problem of atheism:
[Women complained to Watson they didn't want to attend atheist events] because they felt uncomfortable in a room full of men. They told me about how they were hit on constantly and it drove them away. I didn’t fully get it at the time, because I didn’t mind getting hit on. But I acknowledged their right to feel that way and I started suggesting to the men that maybe they relax a little and not try to get in the pants of every woman who walks through the door. Maybe they could wait for her to make the first move,
Of course that presupposes the following:
1. These children don’t in fact choose religion.
2. They attend an atheist conference with Rebecca Watson
3. She remains as Stacy McCain Described her: “the total smokin’ hotness of atheist chickdom.” albeit by that time the cougar version.
But alas it likely won’t work because that same moral compass might cause them to choose to reject both the concept of the one night stand or a person robbing the cradle as it were.
Oh well I guess the moral structure provided by religion can’t solve everything.