Religion is good for your health. That’s the finding of this new paper (pdf) by Angus Deaton.[...]being religious is associated with things that are good for you. For
example, in Deaton’s sample, religious men are less likely to smoke,
more likely to feel they are respected by others, and more likely to be
married - and these things are good
for one’s health. Because these correlations are weaker for women, he
found no evidence that religion improves women’s health - although the
other research does find this.
For some reason, this reminds of Ted Haggard when he was asserting that there is no better sex than Evangelical sex. We know now where that belief was coming from...