"We’re still a long way away from a universal theory to explain why some parts of the world are more religious than others. But the research linking societal stress and income inequality to high levels of religion at least helps to explain some conundrums that have perplexed sociologists. Why is the USA so religious, despite being the epitome of modernity? Well, largely because of the higher levels of stress faced by its citizens, compared with the relatively worry-free lives led by people living in the bosom of the European welfare state. It also helps to explain the blossoming of religion in Russia and other parts of the old Soviet bloc, which occurred against the backdrop of a sharp decline in living standards and the crumbling of the old certainties provided by the monolithic communist state."Read the full piece, and let us know what you think by commenting on this post.
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
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In our new issue, Tom Rees discusses the results of his research into the causes of religious belief, which suggests that there is a strong correlation between income inequality and religiosity. Here's a sample: