Religous Statistics and Data 

Prayer doesn’t work: Prayers don't help heart surgery patients, Some fare worse when prayed for

A recent Harvard study was a clear setback for those who believe in the power of prayer, their prayers were not answered. Prayers offered by strangers did not reduce the medical complications of major heart surgery. Not only that, but patients who knew that others were praying for them fared worse than those who did not receive such spiritual support, or who did but were not aware of receiving it.

Religious People are least ethical: Employees who are more religious or spiritual than others also tend to be least hard working, least reliable, least ethical, least honest, and least responsible than their non-religious peers.

According to a recent paper based on studies done by a professor of social sciences Daniel Martin, a professor at California State University conducted "People who are religious or spiritual are not more likely to be hardworking, honest or ethical than other people," he says. "If anything, the opposite may be true."

Martin recently conducted a study involving 158 students at his school of varying ages and from a variety of backgrounds and religions (including those with no religious beliefs).

The students were given a series of widely used psychometric tests along with questionnaires to determine their ethics, morals and professional and social habits as well as the degree of their involvement with religion.

The research revealed little correlation between spirituality and integrity and responsibility, Martin says.

More notably, the researchers found positive correlations between religiosity and negative behavior towards the organization, such as stealing supplies, filing false expense claims and the like, he says.

The study also revealed positive correlations between religiosity and negative behaviors toward other people, such as lying, making disparaging remarks, slander, gossip, being late, prejudicial and discriminatory outlooks, etc. Martin says he was surprised by the findings and is not sure why religious people may be more prone to the negative behaviors shown in the study.

Religious People dumb: Liberalism and atheism linked to higher IQs

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa at the London School of Economics and Political Science correlated data on these behaviors with IQ from a large national U.S. sample and found that, on average, people who identified as liberal and atheist had higher IQs.

Religious People are racist: People connected to organized religion are more likely to harbor racial prejudice.

In a new study drawing on nearly a half century of data, a team of researchers report that religious adherents in the United States are more inclined than agnostics to harbor racist attitudes toward blacks and other minorities. This “religion-racism paradox,” as University of Southern California social psychologist Wendy Wood explains it, is deeply embedded in organized religion which, by its very nature, encourages people to accept one fundamental belief system as superior to all others. The required value judgment creates a kind of us-versus-them conflict, in which members of a religious group develop ethnocentric attitudes toward anyone perceived as different. The study, “Why Don’t We Practice What We Preach? A Meta-Analytic Review of Religious Racism,” appeared in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Religious People are fatter: Religion linked to obesity in young adults

The study, conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, found that young adults who frequently attended religious activities were far more likely to become obese than those who didn’t.

“Our main finding was that people with a high frequency of religious participation in young adulthood were 50 percent more likely to become obese by middle age than those with no religious participation in young adulthood,” says Matthew Feinstein, the study’s lead investigator and a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Religious People are least moral: Religion does not make one moral

‎”In general, higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion in the prosperous democracies,” states a published journal by Gregory S. Paul at the Kripke Center of Religion and Society.

Religious People cheat more often: Study links willingness to cheat to belief in God

A new study published by The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion found a link between one's view of God and willingness to cheat on a test. The study concluded those who believed in a loving, compassionate God were more likely to cheat.,0,4...


Poor people that can’t afford education are more religious: Religiosity is highly correlated to poverty

A newly released study from the Gallup organization, based on surveys in 114 countries, shows globally 84 percent of people say religion is an important part of their daily lives.  But what’s really interesting about the study is this:

“Each of the most religious countries is relatively poor, with a per-capita GDP below $5,000,” Gallup analysts state. “This reflects the strong relationship between a country’s socioeconomic status and the religiosity of its residents. In the world’s poorest countries — those with average per-capita incomes of $2,000 or lower — the median proportion who say religion is important in their daily lives is 95 percent. In contrast, the median for the richest countries — those with average per-capita incomes higher than $25,000 — is 47 percent.”

Religious People are the most violent: Religion is the only thing that takes otherwise good people and makes them do bad things in the name of a god.

Professor Christian Pfeiffer, a social psychologist and former justice minister in the regional government in Hanover, is currently serving as the director of the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony. After evaluating a survey on religious attitudes and violent behavior, Pfeiffer discovered that the more religious young are the less well-integrated in society they are and they tended to be more violent. He found that “very religious” immigrant youths were the most violent, whereas the “somewhat religious” youths performed violent acts at a bit lower rate.


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