Like smoking, Atheism is a Health Hazard

Christian Commentary

Okay, so maybe it isn’t a direct health hazard to be atheist, but studies show that theism is conducive to better mental and physical health. For instance consider the following statement made by the Mayo Clinic made in 2001:

In an article also published in this issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed published studies, meta-analyses, systematic reviews and subject reviews that examined the association between religious involvement and spirituality and physical health, mental health, health-related quality of life and other health outcomes. The authors report a majority of the nearly 350 studies of physical health and 850 studies of mental health that have used religious and spiritual variables have found that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes.

As far as mental health and atheism is concerned, the following statement was made by the University of Warwick in 2003:

Dr. Stephen Joseph, from the University of Warwick, said: “Religious people seem to have a greater purpose in life, which is why they are happier. Looking at the research evidence, it seems that those who celebrate the Christian meaning of Christmas are on the whole likely to be happier.

Also, there are psychological studies that suggest a link between atheism and suicide. This isn’t too surprising in my opinion. I could see how depression could possibly set in with some people who decide to be atheists given their beliefs. Also, if the atheist comes from a religious/spiritual family, then they could possibly receive negative backlash from their family including isolation. That is just my opinion though, here’s what the American Society of Psychiatry reported:

Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation. Unaffiliated subjects were younger, less often married, less often had children, and had less contact with family members. Furthermore, subjects with no religious affiliation perceived fewer reasons for living, particularly fewer moral objections to suicide. In terms of clinical characteristics, religiously unaffiliated subjects had more lifetime impulsivity, aggression, and past substance use disorder. No differences in the level of subjective and objective depression, hopelessness, or stressful life events were found.

I am by no means suggesting this as evidence that God exists, so don’t waste time writing a response of that nature – just hoping to spur a lively conversation!

God Bless,



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5 thoughts on “Like smoking, Atheism is a Health Hazard

  1. Hey there Justin!

    The mental health/happiness argument for religious belief was posed to George Bernard Shaw many, many years ago. His timeless response was,

    “The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.”

    Personally, I find deep despair in the idea of the current gods of the world, who are supposedly omnipotent but obviously impotent to do anything about the state of affairs in the world. These are the kind of results I would expect from an office temp with a bad attitude.

    I find hope in the idea that humanity may well do away with our childish superstitions within my lifetime, and turn focus instead to that which is much more important; caring for eachother rather than some imaginary beings we made up a few thousand years ago to help explain the things we didn’t yet understand!


  2. You do realize there are also studies suggesting atheism is correlated to intelligence?

    And lets not forget the ones that suggest it is correlated to not commiting criminal activities and not divorcing.

    Of course, saying these is unfair- these are the correlation. The causation is education which is directly linked to atheism.

  3. really though – Christianity isn’t about an imaginary being at all – it is about one thing – caring for each other. And this is why one could recieve better health. Take away the belief that Jesus is Christ and so one you will still gain great purpose and value in the teachings of the bible. A person who imparts those values and beliefs into their lives, well, they should live a life a great pleasure. A life of helping others – which always makes one feel good. A life of purpose and confidence. A not worrying aspect of things.

    Therefore give those same ideals and beliefs to anyone and their life will greatly improve.

  4. In response to Darron, It could be that God does not want a happy world, and true happiness to be found through him only. It would also be a lot more convenient to believe in a God if the world was perfect, or at least it seems so to me. Takes more faith to believe through the struggles, which is what God wants us to have.

    As Josh said, Christianity is all about caring for one another. I know that, I wouldn’t care nearly as much as I do for others (that I am not friends/family with ) if I wasn’t Christian. If life was just going to end anyways… then whats the point? Not to say I’m heartless, I just have the desire to reach out to others that I wouldn’t otherwise try to be friends with.

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