Christianity and Poverty: correlation or causation?

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    it's quite interesting to note that the spread of christianism in Asia was harmful more than beneficial.
     
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    By who's standards? What about the comparable spread of Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism? Did any of those result in a higher standard of living? How about the spread of atheism under the Soviet Union and China? Did those result in a higher standard of living? Or is the truth simply that poverty did not spread nearly as fast as wealth did in most Western nations, and the resultant skewing of the world poverty line made things look worse, when conditions actually improved across the board? For example, most of the world today has cell phones, yet just a few years ago those same people did not have landlines.

    I think I told you to read about confirmation bias once before. Apparently you did not pay any attention then. I expect the same attention to detail now.
     
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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ca_MEJmuzMM[/ame]
    Long-haired preachers come out every night,
    Try to tell you what's wrong and what's right;
    But when asked how 'bout something to eat
    They will answer in voices so sweet

    Chorus
    You will eat, by and by,
    In that glorious land above the sky;
    Work and pray, live on hay,
    You'll get pie in the sky when you die


    And the Starvation Army, they play,
    And they sing and they clap and they pray,
    Till they get all your coin on the drum,
    Then they tell you when you're on the bum

    (Chorus)

    Holy Rollers and Jumpers come out
    And they holler, they jump and they shout
    Give your money to Jesus, they say,
    He will cure all diseases today

    (Chorus)

    If you fight hard for children and wife-
    Try to get something good in this life-
    You're a sinner and bad man, they tell,
    When you die you will sure go to hell.

    (Chorus)

    Workingmen of all countries, unite
    Side by side we for freedom will fight
    When the world and its wealth we have gained
    To the grafters we'll sing this refrain

    Chorus (modified)
    You will eat, by and by,
    When you've learned how to cook and how to fry;
    Chop some wood, 'twill do you good
    Then you'll eat in the sweet by and by

    The chorus is sung in a call and response pattern.

    You will eat [You will eat] by and by [by and by]
    In that glorious land above the sky [Way up high]
    Work and pray [Work and pray] live on hay [live on hay]
    You'll get pie in the sky when you die [That's a lie!]

    Thus the final verse becomes

    You will eat [You will eat] by and by [by and by]
    When you've learned how to cook and how to fry [How to fry]
    Chop some wood [Chop some wood], 'twill do you good [do you good]
    Then you'll eat in the sweet by and by [That's no lie]
     
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    It's also quite interesting to note that virtually all the major superpowers in the world are largely Christian nations. Or that most of the most powerful ones are as well. On second thought it is not interesting at all. Rather, it is pointless conjecture that attempts to combine two facts that have ZERO to do with each other and then attempt to look for something linking the two.
     
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    Hong Kong and Macau are not economically prosperous but Japan is?
     

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