In the last few years scientists have revealed that believers, compared to non-believers, have better outcomes from breast cancer, coronary disease, mental illness, Aids, and rheumatoid arthritis. Believers even get better results from IVF. Likewise, believers also report greater levels of happiness, are less likely to commit suicide, and cope with stressful events much better. Believers also have more kids.Leftist-atheist-evolutionist Jerry Coyne responds:
What’s more, these benefits are visible even if you adjust for the fact that believers are less likely to smoke, drink or take drugs. And let’s not forget that religious people are nicer.
That’s still an admission of ignorance, and doesn’t tell us why God lets little kids gets cancer, or sweeps them away in tsunamis. ...Coyne attacks religious believers on a daily basis, but somehow thinks that it is scientific to believe in the multiverse.
And if there are benefits in God’s plan to natural evils, let the believers tell us what they are. If they say they don’t know, well, then, they’ll have to allow us scientists to say that we don’t yet know whether there are multiverses, or why the laws of physics are as they are. The difference is that at least science has a chance of finding answers. ...
I tend to avoid calling believers mentally ill, partly because branding so much of society as suffering from illness tends to arouse ire, but mainly because I consider religious belief to be not a full-blown illness, but a situational neurosis or delusion.
I don't mind scientists attacking religion, but I wish they would be scientific about it. It is no argument to say "if God exists he must be evil because he allows tsunamis to kill kids." Just what does he think that a good God would do about it? Create a world in which tsunamis kill adults but not kids? Create a world with no tsunamis or other natural hazards?
I fail to see why a benevolent God would prefer a world without tsunamis. If I had infinite power, getting rid of tsunamis is one of the last things I would do. Coyne gives no explanation.
Coyne is an example of a bad scientist who does not understand counterfactuals. He has a weird faith in materialist determinism and a lack of free will. The multiverse is no more scientific than various theologies.
Psychiatrists define mental illness as behavior that is outside social norms. I like to think that prominent scientists and atheists are free from delusions, compared to religious preachers, but it is hard to find examples.
Update: Coyne has now banned a user for saying "without Christianity, there’ll be no modern science", and giving Wikipedia links to Christian and atheist scientists. Coyne hates the counterfactual, I guess.