I continue down the path first explored by researcher and ID critic Gregory Paul. This time, I decided to look only at England, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Not only do these countries all speak the same language, but they do so because the latter three are all recently derived from the former. Thus, one might reasonably expect these four countries to be the most similar, helping to filter out many of the extraneous factors that could influence our interpretations. Furthermore, these four similar nations provide a nice spread for Mr. Paul's criterion of strong belief in God (22%, 30%, 40%, and 62%). A remarkable new correlation has been discovered.
Mr. Paul cites copiously from his fellow ID critics. Yet it is this very population of scholars who argue that ID will ultimately lead to a theocracy that will in turn destroy the United State's scientific standing in the world. Yet correlations, drawn from data in the UN's Human Development Report 2005, tell us something different.
Figure 1 shows a strong positive correlation between the %GDP that is spent on research and development (red line) and strong belief in God. Another strong relationship is shown between the number of researchers in R&D (per million people) and strong belief in God (blue line).
Figure 2 shows a remarkable increase in the number of patents granted as a function of belief in God. However, one does not begin to see the creativity until strong God belief exists in more than 40% of the population. This suggests that federal funding of televangelists may be one way to enhance our scientific standing in the world.
Conclusion: These new findings show us that not only do chronically high unemployment (including long-term unemployment), high rates of crime (including sexual assault), high suicide rates, and a lower standard of living correlate with rejection of theism, but also a drop in scientific productivity and creativity. The widely held fear that a God-fearing citizenry must experience scientific disaster is therefore refuted.