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Superstition increases with the decline of religion

Superstition increases with the decline of religion

by Carolyn Moynihan | May 30, 2018

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Observing that superstition is growing among millennials, Denyse O’Leary marshals evidence today that, “It’s not science that holds superstition in check in Western society. It’s traditional Western religion, which insists on transparent truths (truths that all may know) and forbids attempts at occult, secret truths.”

Coincidentally the Pew Research Center has published new statistics on religion – or the lack of it – in Western Europe. It seems that everywhere except in Italy there are more non-practising Christians than practising. Strangely enough, though, a large minority of the non-observant say that the government should support the faith and religious values in their country -- a kind of religious welfare especially popular in the UK.

Also: Vincenzina Santoro reports that Portugal, a nominally Catholic country, is barely able to stave off legalised euthanasia. Bryce Christensen draws attention to a recent study that found the mental health and other benefits of marriage extend, on the whole, to teenagers who marry. I assert that the Paris ‘Spider-Man’ became a hero in a way that only a man could, demonstrating why we need men to be men.

And Laura Cotta Ramosino, reviewing "Solo", concludes that "the new management at Disney is doing a much less interesting job with Star Wars than with Marvel. It is acting like Exxon siphoning black gold out of an oil well rather than treating a mythology sacred to millions of viewers with respect."

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