Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Wealth and religiosity

This table from Gallup shows that national-level religiosity drops off with increasing per capita income.  Jesus was aware of this pattern 2,000 years ago: "Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." (Luke 6:20)


  1. Anonymous2:02 PM

    Education levels and IQ drop with religiosity as well --- still a good thing?
    And those "horrible" NAMs you blog about are disproportionately poor --- does that make them blessed?

  2. Anonymous2:43 PM

    I guess this improves their prospects in the afterlife. A good reason why Christians should embrace Communism.


  3. Anonymous6:44 PM

    It would be interesting to see the breakdown for just Christians. Percent Christian at each income level.
    Although, even that is problematic. Some have said that some primitive area that claim Christian belief are in fact practicing a blended native/Christian faith. Stuff like Santeria.

  4. Anonymous11:24 PM

    Poor people tend to get a lot of help and assistance from their local church. Also, they tend to pray a lot for help.

    When things are going good, generally people forget God. When things aren't, well... that's when they remember.

    Simple as that.

  5. BTW, the US is an outlier, much more religious than other rich countries.

    And the NAMs are pretty religious.

    You can't expect all the things you like to go together.


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