Western ungodliness, prosperity, decadence and obesity

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On June 3, 2014, Vox Day wrote in an article entitled The inevitable decline of atheism which declared:

A more important factor is that times of wealth and peace have always been a counter-indicator of religious belief. The rich and fat seldom believe they have any need for God, and they deeply resent any divinely inspired restrictions on their descent into decadence. At the end of the longest period of peace and economic expansion in the history of the West, it should be no surprise at all that we have an obese, decadent, depraved, diseased population that fears no God.

They will learn better soon enough. Both history and the Bible are very clear concerning the eventual fate of such societies.[1]

The 1950s was a very prosperous time in the United States.[2] In his 1954 sermon entitled Discovering Lost Values, Dr. Martin Luther King warned about "practical atheism" which is living as though God does not exist.[3] Today, many American pastors are indicating that a large segment of American Christendom is acting like the prosperous, first century Corinthian and Laodicean churches who were undisciplined, ungodly and had a lukewarm commitment to the Christian faith and were commanded to repent.[4]

At the same time, according to the Gallup Inc., "Very religious Americans are more likely to practice healthy behaviors than those who are moderately religious or nonreligious."[5] See also: Atheism and health and Atheism and obesity. The troubled Church of Corinth repented of their ungodliness after being corrected by the Apostle Paul.[6][7]

Many nations with a Christian heritage or who are increasingly adopting Christianity are prosperous due to the contributions that Christianity brings to science, technology, economics and a nation's work ethic (see: Christianity and science and Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism and Atheism and economics).[8]

Commentary by atheist and feminist Jen McCreight

Hong Kong Christians at Gateway Camp. In 2005, there were four times as many non-Western World Christians as there were Western World Christians.[9] (photo obtained from Flickr, see license agreement)

Jen McCreight, is an atheist and feminist columnist and blogger who has served on the Board of Directors of the Secular Student Alliance and she was also the cofounder and three-year president of Society of Non-Theists at Purdue University.[10][11] She wrote an article on atheism and obesity in 2011 where she indicated a desire to "shed a few pounds".[12] In 2011, a video with Jen McCreight was published as part of the We Are Atheism campaign. In this video, she was overweight.[13]

Despite the fact that a strong majority of Christendom lives outside the Western World and is slimmer than many atheists in the Western World (See: Health habits of global Christendom and Atheism and obesity), Jen McCreight wrote an article on atheism and obesity where she cherry picked some data relative to some states in the United States with higher obesity rates than other states without mentioning the underlying socioeconomic and cultural factors related to this matter.[14] Historically, the Western atheist/evolutionist community has often shown socioeconomic/racial/cultural insensitivity and also displayed hypocrisy relative to this matter (See: Western atheism and race and Social Darwinism and Evolutionary racism and Atheism and uncharitableness). Atheists within racial minority populations and within the female population often complain that there is no significant outreach to their communities within the larger atheist community (see also: Atheism and women).[15][16]

Vox Day rebutting an atheist concerning the problem of obesity with the atheist community

In 2011, the Vox Day had an individual complain about the notion that the atheist community has a problem with obesity (Please see: Atheism and obesity).[17] As a result, on May 19, 2011, Vox Day released a blog post entitled Mailvox: now, who said atheists are fat? where 80% of the people taking a picture with PZ Myers were overweight and PZ Myers was overweight in the picture as well as can be seen HERE.[18] The picture was originally posted on PZ Myer's blog Pharyngula by Myers on May 16, 2011 and an online argument quickly ensued concerning the appearance of the photograph's participants.[19]

Atheism, intelligence and obesity

See: Atheism, intelligence and obesity and Atheism and intelligence

See also

Notes

  1. The inevitable decline of atheism
  2. 1950s in America
  3. "Rediscovering lost values" King, Dr. Martin Luther (1954). Retrieved from Globatron, July 16, 2014. Caution: Presumably copyrighted work in the U.S. until 2049 and in Canada until 2018. For fair educational use only.
  4. http://www.gallup.com/poll/145379/Religious-Americans-Lead-Healthier-Lives.aspx
  5. 1 Corinthians: The Troubled Church
  6. 2 Corinthians: Introduction, Argument, and Outline
  7. The Protestant Work Ethic: Alive & Well…In China
  8. Is Christianity taking over the planet?
  9. About Jen McCreight
  10. Women in Secularism
  11. Those fatty McFatFat atheists! by Jen McCreight
  12. Jen McCreight - We Are Atheism
  13. Why Atheists Have a Serious Problem With Women
  14. Are Women Afraid Of Atheism?
  15. MailVox: Who said atheists are fat?.
  16. MailVox: Who said atheists are fat?.
  17. At least you can see a hint of what you missed Posted by PZ Myers on May 16, 2011