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Old 12-27-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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Religious Affiliation May Lower Suicide Risk

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Specifically, 48 percent of patients affiliated with Catholicism, Protestantism, Judaism or other religion reported having attempted suicide, compared with 66 percent of those with no religious affiliation.
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My therapist actually does encourage my church involvement.
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Being part of a faith community not only helps you as far as believing in something or someone beyond yourself, but in giving you a support network of clergy and fellow worhsippers--obviously a big help in preventing suicide.
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it is probably as simple as
having or not having a social network
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I agree.

Then there are the religions and sects that encourage suicide as part of their beliefs.
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May also be the guilt and teaching that is propogated in some versions of religious belief that would outlaw suicide as sinful.
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So your saying the average person with no "religious affiliation" has no "social network"?
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So your saying the average person with no "religious affiliation" has no "social network"?
I think that people that have a "religious affiliation" are more likely to have a "social network" than those that don't.
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So your saying the average person with no "religious affiliation" has no "social network"?
One positive of a church
if is functioning properly
would be a social network


I have a better "social network" or support group now, than when I was a regular church attendee.
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I think that people that have a "religious affiliation" are more likely to have a "social network" than those that don't.
I agree. Especially in areas like the one I live in, if you aren't part of the religious crowd, you are essentially shunned. Don't get me wrong, it's not the very intensive shunning some religions practice, it just that it's a small town and if there isn't all that much to do if you aren't religious.
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I have a better "social network" or support group now, than when I was a regular church attendee.
See, I would say the same thing about myself, but I don't think I'm a happier or better person. I haven't gone to church much since I started college and I feel like I have enough close friends to be satisfied, but I'll admit I haven't really put forth the effort to find a church where I feel a part of the community. I think the most important purpose of the church is to be a community, but everyone has to be willing to give as much as they take. If you're regularly going to a church and you don't feel like you're part of a good community, I think there's something wrong.

Now I need to practice what I preach!
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Religion is the artiface to faith.
You can have faith with no religion.
As far as I understand, faith is essential to belief.
And religion means nothing, as far as faith.

it's just more socially adherent or whatever.

Organized religion is the antithesis of what Jesus taught.
But whatever, you can't tell this to people who have been going to church all their lives. It's not that going to church is a bad thing, it's that NOT going to church isn;t a bad thing either.

So it's an artifice to the faith. Always has been.
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