I was investigating another possible “Steal this Thesis” blog post and I stumbled onto an unexpected result. My original thesis was that I thought believers would be much less susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts than atheists or nonbelievers. And to my surprise, I found the opposite. If you separate believers from atheists, the group of believers is much more likely to be experiencing severe depression and suicidal thoughts.
But it makes sense if you consider who the Christian religion caters to. It’s the downtrodden, the bereft, those members of society who have at one point or another felt hopelessness in their lives. They cater to those who need a sense of hope because what they currently have ain’t working.
But what if there is another set of conditions that correlate more accurately to believers vs nonbelievers. Is it socioeconomic status? Is income directly related to the probability of being a believer? What about the children of single parents vs a nuclear family? I was raised till the age of 3 in a nuclear family, then boom came the divorce of my parents. That ended my participation in religion for many, many years. Raised Roman Catholic, I count myself as a believer, but the RC church has fallen out of favor with me. I’ll get into Coptic Christianity later.
Consider, which factors most directly correlate to the division of believer vs nonbeliever? Seems to me, this data might be productive in the derivation of a set of social corollaries that could be used to come up with a constructive set of suggestions to improve the quality of life of people, noting that “peace of mind” is a tool that can be used to fight the forces of darkness that lead to depression and suicidal thoughts.