MikeN wrote:I know this is something you don't like to do,
That is a lie.
...but a simple answer to what I asked would be nice, since you don't provide links: how many of those studies are from the US only, how many are from other countries?
If that's too difficult, please say so.
I answered your original question as I understood it. Are you now saying your original question was intended to mean 'How many of the studies cited in that post of yours
are from the US only'? Can I be clear on whether or not you're disputing the scholarly consensus on this topic? If you aren't, your question is irrelevant. If you are, then you need to start providing evidence for your assertions. I have provided abundant evidence for everything I have written. If you had bothered to read the footnotes as I asked you to, your question would have been unnecessary.Edit
: Why don't I just cut to the chase and do the reading for you?
Studies cited in my post which were conducted using US data:
* Zuckerman et al. (1984)
* Freeman (1986)
* Ellison & George (1994)
* Strawbridge et al. (1997)
* Pearse & Axinn (1998)
* Hummer et al. (1999)
* Regnerus (2000, 2003)
* Bartowski et al. (2000)
* Muller & Ellison (2001)
* Waite & Lehrer (2003)
* Dehejia et al. (2007)
* Mochon, Norton, & Ariely (2011)
Studies cited in my post which were conducted using international data:
* Barro & McLeary (2002); cross-country analysis
* Baier & Wright (2001); meta-analysis of 60 studies in different countries
* Ruiter and De Graaf (2006); analysis of data from 53 countries
* Shariff & Norenzayan (2007); analysis of data from over 100 countries
* Mochon, Norton, & Ariel (2010); conducted a US based study but cite corroborative international studiesd Ellison (2001)
Teddoman wrote:I guess the question is why does do a bunch of people have to start believing in some diety and get together in a big room and chant and read from an old book in order to have supportive and fulfilling friendships?
They don't. However, the social benefits of doing so are significantly greater for religious groups than for other social groups. The reasons for this are manifold, and the literature on the subject is vast. A few key points commonly agreed on, such as that religious groups typically promote risk minimization behaviours to an extent secular counterparts do not.
I wonder if groups like the Society for Ethical Culture have been able to replicate the community aspect without taking on the religious baggage. Maybe someone needs to form a Society for Fulfilling Secular Friendships and see if that catches on.
People have been trying this since at least the community based secular clubs of the Greeks and Romans. I recommend yet again 'Religion for Atheists
' by de Botton.