You are more likely to have children if you are a follower of a religion than if you are not. Not just because you are more likely to have sex, but because you will be doing so with people more likely to be fertile. A church is probably not the best place to go for a one-night stand, but if you want to meet people who are ready, willing and able to get married and go forth and multiply, they are veritable hot-beds of lust and seething passion.
This is not just something I have made up off the top of my head in order to attract traffic to this website – it is the finding of some academic from Cambridge. Ironically, I find that he is a Professor not of Religion, Genetics or Fertility but of Economics. Presumably the world-wide recession has quietened down for the moment, leaving him with time on his hands! More seriously though, because Religious people allegedly have more children than non-believers, then this means that there will be a natural tendency for the number of people following a religion to increase in proportion to those that do not.
The great irony of course is that religion may be a meme, but so is the idea of criticising overpopulation – with one crucial difference: the former by its very nature encourages its own continuance, whilst the latter is actually encouraging its own extinction. Oh how Richard Dawkins must be kicking himself!
2 responses to “Believers Have More Sex Than Atheists”
I wonder how differences in views on birth control figure into this? Granted, you still end up with more babies per parent on the religious side, but it would be fun to find out if the differences are due to less sex or more birth control/abortions.
God wants you to populate the earth, get busy…