The other day I made a post detailing why religion was a cope. Many people challenged me on this common sense conclusion. Which is fair. Sometimes our common sense can be proven wrong.
While working on my upcoming blog donteverdie.com I came across a scientific study that set out to find out if religion is a cope. The study determined that areas of the world where there was harsher conditions due to the actual environment or the political environment, had religions that were more moralistic and areas with an easy life were either atheistic or at least had non moralizing Gods.
The theory is that religion seems to help people cope with high anxiety. If societies with higher levels of anxiety provoking conditions are more likely to develop moralizing Gods, I think it might be safe to say those who are more at risk of anxiety even in western countries would be drawn to these religions as well. Even if the anxiety is of a more existential nature.
There we have it. Proof religion is a cope