Monday, March 16, 2009

States in bad shape = religiosity

A recent Gallup poll has shown an impressive positive correlation between how religious the inhabitants are and how bad they are of. In other words, this means that if you have a nation that is in a poor state, then your people are likely to turn to religion for guidance, or meaning or whatever you would like to call it. There is of course another possibility namely that first a people become religious, and then the state starts to tear apart. I personally don't believe in the latter possibility, rather, as I have argued here, I think that religion is where people who have lost meaning try to find their answers.

This gallup poll should also be seen as an important piece of information in the debate on whether religion makes people happier. There are indeed a few studies that have looked at this, and they tend to show that people who have religion, everything else being equal, are happier than people who are not religous. 

This gallup poll shows, however, that on a global scale, religious people are not happier than non-religious people (assuming that the average citizen in Bangladesh or Congo kinshasa are not as happy as the average American or Swede). 


Infidel said...

Looks like the best way to quell religion is to work towards removing poverty then. What about the US though? Its an anomaly in that its very well developed AND very religious. Maybe the US is more genetically disposed towards Religion... given how the country was formed by people seeking escape from prosecution to practice their own religion.

Even within the US though, the healthiest & most intelligent states are less religious

rasmussenanders said...

Compared to some states in Europe, USA is very religious however, on a global scale they are not so religious. Relion is not as integral a part of life in the USA as in many third world countries. If you go to the gallup page that I link to you can see the actual questions they used in the questionnaire.

Z said...

I heard that one could actually establish the economic wealth of acountry just by checking what percentage of all employees work within the agricultural field.

prissy said...

Sian Tiksom at, Site archives-On god and on god2; pre human consciousness animal instincts in humans cause religion. The reverance for the dominant animal that dogs in a pack have for example, causes reverence for authority in humans. So animal instinct causes people to revere authority and seek or construct god/s. So where there is authoritarian rule this could be linked to religiousness and poverty levels. And the level of primitivity a factor. Also , in more stressful situations people are more likely to ignore higher reasoning and be in contact with the state of pre human consciousness- The state of the animal-religion.

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