For a little context, I was watching a debate between long time atheist activist Aron Ra and Michael Jones of Inspiring philosophy titled "Is Christianity dangerous?"
I'm not here to talk about that debate or subject.
During the debate Aron makes the point that there is a negative correlation between religiosity and murder rates, and secular countries are the opposite. (0:23:18) He quotes Phil Zuckerman: "It is the highly secularized countries that tend to fair the best in terms of crime rate prosperity, freedom, democracy, women's right human rights education and life expectancy although there are exceptions such as Vietnam and China which have historically high crime records and those nations with the highest rates of religiosity tend to be the most problem ridden in terms of high violent crime rates, high infant mortality rates, high poverty rates, and high rates of corruption."
During the Q&A someone asks the question "it seems a lot of the abuses you identify, and I would say the majority correctly in Christianity are actually common abuses of holding hegemonic power in general regardless of the one who is holding the power... Are you filtering for that? As a critique of hegemonic power in general as opposed to a specifically religious hegemonic power" (1:36:10)
So the theory is that a hegemonic power that is highly authoritarian and denies basic human rights may cause the people to be more likely to accept and hold on to religion for its comforting effect in the guise of a moral truth. This would explain why there are exceptions, because it was never about religion, it was about authority and people forcing their will on others. Most of those countries used religion as a tool to keep people in line, but it isn't necessary. Hegemonic religious institutions have fought against ideas that were outside of themselves, like science because they see it as a threat to their dominance.
Countries that are more equal tend to become more secular because ideas can spread freely and religions tend to be tolerated but not imposed. This is the trend we have seen over time in secular nations, that each generation is less religious than the one before it.
Is this perspective more accurate or completely wrong?
At some point in the distant past, the universe went through a phase of cosmic inflation,
Stars formed, planets coalesced, and on at least one of them life took root.
Through a long process of evolution this life developed into the human race.
Humans conquered fire, built complex societies and advanced technology .
All of that so we can argue about nothing.