Although the title of this post is my satirical parody, this is actually a serious question being posed by The Templeton Foundation. “Understanding Unbelief” is the name of the “study”. Read about it here
From reading the description, it sounds like a project, the purpose of which, is to categorize unbelievers based on “psychological and sociological” phenomenon. The Templeton Foundation wants to know how other beliefs (about religion or the existential) inform their unbelief and how those unbeliefs vary across groups and subcultures.
Sounds a little flawed to me from the outset. This is simply my own opinion and I welcome challenges to it, but I don’t consider any other beliefs that I have about anything else to inform my atheism or “unbelief”. It is simply a matter of examining the texts and claims of religion and finding that they are simply unbelievable. They are completely irrational and illogical and can’t be believed by anyone who considers them with any objectivity and common sense. I can’t bring myself to believe in talking snakes, in people who fly around on winged horses, in people who rise from the dead, and the need to create a race (humans) sick and diseased that then require a human sacrifice to be made to cure the sickness and disease. This stuff is preposterous. I’m not sure exactly how this is going to require $3 million to determine why people don’t believe things like that.
The study then goes on to state that it wants to find that answer that has already been asked and answered numerous times – in it’s own words “to answer big questions about the causes of ‘unbelief’ and its effects on such outcomes as personal wellbeing and social cohesion. ”
A simple search for “Most violent Countries on Earth” leads you here and a search for most religious countries on earth leads you here
I don’t think its merely a coincidence that the most peaceful countries on earth (Canada, Australia, Japan and large parts of Scandinavia and Europe) are also the most irreligious.
You need to spend $3 million on this type of question? I don’t think so. A few thousand perhaps. All the research has already been done for you.
I look forward to reading the results of this study.