June 24, 2018 | David F. Coppedge

Religious People Have Better Fitness

Evolutionists have vague definitions of “fitness,” but if physical and mental health are measures, then church-goers score high.

African-Americans who attend church less likely to suffer mental-health issues than those who don’t (Medical Xpress). This study from Case Western Reserve University finds that “African-Americans who regularly attend church are far less likely to suffer from mental-health issues, including depression and suicide” than those who don’t.

“In a nutshell, being in touch with family and church members is good for mental health,” said Ann W. Nguyen, an assistant professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve.

“People who are more emotionally close to church members have lower rates of suicide. Religion is support for [many] African-Americans.”

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Researchers find religious involvement deters recreational and medical marijuana use (Medical Xpress). In this first-ever study of drug use and religion, Florida State University sociologists found less experimenting with marijuana among those active in their religion.

Levels of religious attendance ranged from never attending services to attending more than once a week. Researchers found with every level of increased attendance the odds of being a recreational marijuana user reduced by 13 percent. The study found the likelihood of recreational marijuana use decreased by 20 percent as religious salience levels increased.

Because of possible sampling bias due to reluctance of some individuals to self-report their habits, the numbers could be off somewhat. Nevertheless, the finding “confirms previous studies of recreational marijuana use,” the lead author said. This was the first to show that religiosity also made adults uneasy about attempting medical marijuana.

Study finds religious involvement does little to prevent opioid abuse (Medical Xpress). While the headline appears to deny religion’s benefit for opioid abuse, further reading shows that churches have not caught up to the problem of the opioid epidemic. In other cases of drug abuse, though, church attendance helps mothers stay away from illegal drugs.

“Religious involvement matters for illegal drug use because religious communities directly condemn this behavior,” Burdette said. “However, religious communities are just beginning to discuss the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

Specifically, researchers found the probability of engaging in any illicit drug use was significantly lower among women who attended church at least once a week compared to those who reported attending services a couple of times a year or less. This was also true for marijuana use.

This is another study from Florida State by Amy Burdette, but was published in a different journal. The one on marijuana use was published in the Journal of Drug Issues. The one on opioids was published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

A journal for the scientific study of religion? We need sermons on the theological implications of science! What gives scientists the right to analyze religion, when scientific practice today is highly worldview laden? Scientists could benefit from some time in church, learning to have integrity and honesty, without which science is dead.

A note to evolutionists and atheists: these studies, to the extent they are valid, show that religious people are more “fit” than you. If you believe that religiosity is a product of natural selection, then why are you fighting the forces that made humans this way? You’re fighting your selfish genes. To increase your fitness, go to church and get religion! Follow our Site Map for tips.

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