Go look at the Scandinavian countries. Their populations are mostly atheist--some as high as 80% or so.<quoted text>China,northern Europe,Canada, Britain, Australia,have all seen drastic drops in organized religions some as much as 80%, but most still consider themselves believers.Perhaps globally, there is only about 5% true Atheists, in the sense we believe in no god or an afterlife.Sadly over 60% of Americans actually believe in the bible the way it is written, accept it as an actual historical reference.As do the jews and muslims,and these people have nuclear bombs and other weapons of mass destruction.And this is what scares me the most.
Then compare their literacy rates, their post-graduation rates, their unemployment rates, the level of individual health care, and the average per-person incomes.
Compare these to religious countries like Iran or the USA.
The religions countries do not look very good, compared to the mostly atheist ones.
Is it correlation?
I think what is really happening is this: these countries are more and better **educated** first and foremost.
And it **has** been shown that the better a person's education is? The more likely they are to become an atheist.
So it's not that these countries became **atheists** and then got really good at being civilized.
Rather the opposite: as these countries became more **civilized**, including better educations and more literacy?
It just naturally followed that they would put away childish (and barbaric) hobbies like **religion**.