How useful is religion?

In a survey by a leading market research company, Ipsos, done last fall, people in over 20 countries were asked if they believed religion had a positive or negative impact on their lives. Reports of positive impact varied from 20 percent in Sweden, to 64 percent in the United States, and 90 percent in Saudi Arabia.

Why would, in some countries, so few people find God a positive influence? Some may agree with Richard Dawkins, who authored the best-selling book, The God Delusion, which argues that a belief in God is redundant. Others may favor the views of agnostic journalist Christopher Hitchens, who debated the existence of God with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in Toronto, Canada, last November. 

In the Christian Science Bible Lesson
The blessings of unity
April 11, 2011

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