Theism Is Healthy (The Right Kind of Theism, Anyways…)

From Creation-Evolution Headlines:

Evolutionists are at a loss to explain why belief in God makes people happy.

Secular scientists typically relegate religion to natural selection, making up stories about how it provided survival value somehow. Live Science, for instance, reproduced an op-ed from The Conversation, “Did angry gods drive humanity’s expansion?” The expected answer to the rhetorical question is, well yes. “Our team of anthropologists and psychologists decided to experimentally investigate how beliefs in gods – specifically those who care about how we treat each other and punish us for immoral behavior – may have contributed to more widespread cooperation.” It goes without saying that “beliefs in gods” are just that—beliefs, according to the worldview of author Benjamin Purzycki, a human evolutionist at the University of British Columbia.

Well, if Purzycki really believes that, maybe he should get right with God so that he can see more cooperation. The fact is, psychologists continue to find that theism is healthy, as long as it is the kind of theism that sees a just God who watches our actions. Watch what Science Daily says about Purcycki’s research. Who wouldn’t want the fruits of a theistic outlook?

I think that Purzycki has a lot more respect for uniformed men from State Security watching you, than some invisible God in the Skies. Like any sensible materialist.

And – since we are ruled by secular materialists – it is only to be expected that they will act on their deep, passionate faith in power, as well as their distain for legal systems outside and above State control and (re)definition….

…as well as their natural, instinctive malice for those who promote legal systems originating from outside the material world: that is the world outside the control of wealthy and politically connected men and the gowned bureaucrats (legal and otherwise) that uphold and enforce their rule.

Well, if Purzycki really believes that, maybe he should get right with God so that he can see more cooperation.

The author wisely does not ask us to hold our breath, waiting for this to happen.

The fact is, psychologists continue to find that theism is healthy, as long as it is the kind of theism that sees a just God who watches our actions. Watch what Science Daily says about Purcycki’s research. Who wouldn’t want the fruits of a theistic outlook?

Certain kinds of beliefs — involving gods who are aware of human interactions and punish for moral transgressions — can indeed contribute to the evolution of human co-operation,” said lead author Benjamin Purzycki, a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture.

If you think you’re being watched, and expect to be divinely punished for being too greedy or thieving, you might be less inclined to engage in anti-social behavior towards a wider range of people who share those beliefs.”

How very nice for Purzyuki to pat Christians on the head like that.

Notice the criteria there; not just any god will do. It needs to be one who dislikes greed and theft. There are “gods” who reward that kind of unrighteousness. That won’t do. The deity must not only be omniscient, but good. He must care about how we treat one another.

Results show that believers in all-knowing gods who punish for wrongdoing are more likely to behave fairly towards anonymous, distant “co-religionists” — those who share beliefs about gods and rituals, but may not belong to the same religious organization.

Now we see that fairness is another moral quality that the deity must reward. And fairness must extend to those of other groups. The Parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind.

When people act this way, the study suggests, they are engaging in behaviour that can support key features of modern-day societies — such as large, co-operative institutions, trade, markets and partnerships.

Religious beliefs may have been one of the major contributing factors in the development and stability of highly complex social organizations, such as states,” said Purzycki.

Well, there is also the need for wealthy and powerful people to take what does not belong to them, and control what is not rightfully theirs, in the name of <pretext>. But that’s what the State is for, as any sensible collectivist knows…

Results show that believers in all-knowing gods who punish for wrongdoing are more likely to behave fairly towards anonymous, distant “co-religionists” — those who share beliefs about gods and rituals, but may not belong to the same religious organization.

Atheists naturally prefer an all-knowing State do this function.

Now we see that fairness is another moral quality that the deity must reward. And fairness must extend to those of other groups. The Parable of the Good Samaritan comes to mind.

Well, this is not a truly necessary function of said all-knowing gods. Take a rigorous reading of Islam, for example, which explicitly demands the subjection &  humiliation of Infidel dogs – when they are not simply to be exterminated.

Hmm. Replace that term “Infidel” with “racially impure” or “enemy class”, and you can get some solidly atheistic ideologies going.

I wonder where the family resemblance comes from…

When people act this way, the study suggests, they are engaging in behaviour that can support key features of modern-day societies — such as large, co-operative institutions, trade, markets and partnerships.

Religious beliefs may have been one of the major contributing factors in the development and stability of highly complex social organizations, such as states,” said Purzycki.

Without doubt, Purzycki ascribes this to natural selection. He is, after all, a research fellow on human evolution. But since the fruit is so good – social stability, cooperation, trade, markets, partnerships, and a just society that looks down on theft and greed – why wouldn’t every evolutionist wish to promote theism? That would seem to promote the evolutionary fitness of the community.

The author is being facetious, of course. We all know why: “Nothing above the State, nothing outside the State.”

But wait—there’s more. PhysOrg reports that “Americans who see God as ‘a secure base’ tend to be more committed, satisfied on the job.” Someone like Purzycki might describe this belief as a comforting myth, an opiate for the masses as Karl Marx put it. The point is that it works. Not only do you get a stable, cooperative society with theism; you get job satisfaction, too! What evolutionary anthropologist wouldn’t crave that? There’s a hidden subtext that the converse is also true. Disbelieving in God might produce the opposite results.

What is it that he wants, anyway? The truth?

A betting man might put a reasonable wager that a good materialist like Purzycki believes in no such thing as the truth – or, more correctly, that Truth, like Law, shall be defined and redefined by Our Loving Masters as needed.

But the problem is that Our Loving Masters are sterile, bankrupt, delusional, and on the way out… along with their vicious and malicious (and so, deeply anti-Christian) idol, the State.

Serious Christians should start laying the foundation for a better, decentralized civilization, as defined by God – and not by power-lusting materialist statists.

And the foundation of all worthwhile public social order is to be found in the Bible: especially the laws of Moses, as modified by Jesus Christ. As opposed to the intensely corrupt and self-serving desires of wealthy and politically connected men.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

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