Essay: Science proves that atheist "men" lack machismo

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Science proves that atheist brains feel more anxious when facing the unknown.[1]

And prominent atheists have scurried to their "intellectual bunny holes" when faced with debate challenges. See: Atheism and cowardice

According to the leading science news website

Believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress, according to new University of Toronto research that shows distinct brain differences between believers and non-believers.

In two studies led by Assistant Psychology Professor Michael Inzlicht, participants performed a Stroop task - a well-known test of cognitive control - while hooked up to electrodes that measured their brain activity.

Compared to non-believers, the religious participants showed significantly less activity in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a portion of the brain that helps modify behavior by signaling when attention and control are needed, usually as a result of some anxiety-producing event like making a mistake. The stronger their religious zeal and the more they believed in God, the less their ACC fired in response to their own errors, and the fewer errors they made...

Their findings show religious belief has a calming effect on its devotees, which makes them less likely to feel anxious about making errors or facing the unknown.[2]

See also: Atheism and brain function and Atheism and cowardice

Very religious believers fear death the least

According to a study performed in the United States by researchers Wink and Scott, very religious people fear death the least.[3]

The Guardian declares that Christians have machismo

From The Guardian: "Yet compared to the gentle cultivation of mindfulness that is Falun Gong, Christianity is an aggressive ballsy religion that has long historical form in picking fights and toppling dictatorships."[4]

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