Atheism and marriage

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Studies indicate that atheists are a minority in the population. Studies indicate that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves.[1][2]

Given that atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women, atheists are a minority in the population and that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves, this would suggest that male atheists may find it more difficult to find prospective female partners for marriage.

= Vox Day claim that atheist tend to be quarrelsome and socially challenged men

In 2007, Vox Day wrote:

It's not just a figment of my imagination, it seems atheists truly are socially autistic by their own report. Asperger's Syndrome is a disorder described as "autistic psychopathy" by its discoverer, Dr. Hans Asperger. Those with the disorder tend to be intelligent, socially awkward and difficult to converse with. They are also likely to be male.

Based on Wired Magazine's observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men, to say nothing of the unpleasant personalities of leading public atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Michel Onfray, one could reasonably hypothesize that there is likely to be a strong correlation between Asperger's and atheism. It's by no means a scientific test, but it is interesting to note the coincidence that 59 of the virulent atheists over at Dr. PZ Myers place report an average score on the Asperger's Quotient test of 27.8. And this does not include the two individuals who actually have Asperger's but did not report any test results.

The test notes that "Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism". The average male score is 18, the average female score is 15. By way of comparison, I scored 14...

Obviously, more comprehensive and scientific tests would be advised before any definite conclusion can be reached...[3]

Notes

  1. http://www.physorg.com/news199509031.html
  2. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/6188
  3. http://voxday.blogspot.com/2007/08/socially-autistic-atheist.html