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Atheists have shorter life span.

  Religion. The oldest group of people in the country is a community of Seventh Day Adventists residing in Loma Linda, California. They have an average life expectancy of 88 years (a full ten years longer than the U.S. average). One reason may be that Adventists don't drink or smoke, and many follow the vegetarian diet the church advises. But not all members do, and even the meat-eaters live significantly longer than average. Dr. Gary Fraser, a researcher with the Loma Linda University School of Public Health who is researching the community, told the BBC. "At this moment we don't really know, but people who go to church regularly- whatever faith they have- live longer, and there's no question about that."  http://shine.yahoo.com/vitality/5-strange-predictors-good-health-165800438.html

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4 points

This isn't so much and avocation of religion as it is an avocation for not smoking and drinking. One doesn't need to believe in myths to realize the health benefits of not smoking or binge drinking. Personally I'd rather live happy than healthy.

Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

Did you even read #5? It states that even those that drink and smoke, but still attend church live longer.

Take off the dunce hat once in a while.

Bohemian(3861) Disputed
1 point

Did you even read #5? It states that even those that drink and smoke, but still attend church live longer.

No it doesn't. It specifically states: "...and even the meat-eaters live significantly longer than average".

Reading comprehension.

3 points

The health benefits can be explained, or hypothesized about, in terms outside of religious terms. The social aspect of religion is intergral to human health, further, a firm set of beliefs can help to ward off depression, anxiety, and many other things which can lower one's lifespan.

The statistics which show individuals who go to church live longer prove nothing about why this happens - as it says clearly in #5.

Side: Bologna
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

What it clearly states is that religious people live longer. Why is this irrelevant? The bottom line remains the same.

Side: Bologna
WizardDevil(22) Disputed
1 point

I never stated it was irrelevant. I was merely stating that the reasoning behind this need not have anything to do with the actual choice of being an atheist.

Side: Bologna

Who said God doesn't answer prayers .

Side: amen
ricedaragh(2494) Disputed
5 points

Alter Boys .

Side: amen
Thewayitis(4071) Disputed
1 point

If you wish to be an alter boy, please see the prison chaplain.

Side: amen