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It turns out that faith in the Redeemer is not only good for your soul.

Your faith also helps you live a longer, happier life.

Specifically, people of faith are less stressed, and that translates into less illness.

Scientists can no longer deny that faith is instrumental to a well lived life. They are even saying that atheism may associated with genetic abnormalities.

What a tremendous gift to be blessed with this Christmas!

Details below should be of value to believers, skeptics, and non-believers alike. Merry Christmas from Headline Health.

Religious People Live Healthier, Longer Lives; Scientists Say They Know Why 

(Katherine Hignett, Newsweek) Religious people tend to live healthier, longer lives than atheists.

This trend has puzzled scientists for some time, but anthropologists may have discovered the reason why. [People of faith discovered this truth thousands of years ago; “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22; Editor]

Research published in Evolutionary Psychological Science has linked a rise in atheism to increasingly prevalent mutant genes.

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Lead author Edward Dutton from the Ulster Institute for Social Research explained the research to Newsweek.

He says: “Maybe the positive relationship between religiousness and health is not causal – it’s not that being religious makes you less stressed so less ill.

Rather, religious people are a genetically normal remnant population from industrial times, and the rest of us are mutants who’d have died as children back then.”

Mutant atheist genes

Changing societal norms are reflected in our genetics. According to natural selection, behaviors across a species will work to improve its survival chances. Social deviations, therefore, are sometimes associated with unfit genetic mutations.

Since the industrial revolution, the hold of natural selection on humanity has weakened.

“We developed better and better medical care, easier access to healthy food and better living conditions. Child mortality collapsed down to a tiny level and more and more people with more and more mutant genes have survived into adulthood and had children.”

Atheism—which was once a deviation from the norm—is becoming more and more common. As it becomes normal, the burden of associated unfit genes could grow.

Dutton and colleagues tested for left-handedness among religious people and atheists. Left-handedness is a good marker of a high mutational load. They found higher levels of left-handedness in atheists than in followers of most major religions.

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