Teddoman wrote:I am not conflating social outcomes with strong social cohesion. You are making a point that the better social outcomes of religious groups are explained by risk minimization behaviors.
No. On the contrary, I have said that 'The reasons for this are manifold
, and the literature on the subject is vast
'; 'manifold' means 'very many kinds', and 'vast' means 'very extensive'. So I am not saying that the better social outcomes of religious groups are explained by risk minimization behaviours. In fact I said '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 am trying to understand how risk minimization behaviors like not smoking, or abstinence, would result is uniquely better social outcomes for religious groups that could not be obtained by a secular community group that promotes the same risk minimization behaviors without the religious component.
I wouldn't bother trying to understand it unless someone is actually seriously suggesting it. Do you know anyone who has made such a claim?