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    Changing trends in religious belief

    A new Pew Research investigation into religious observance in the world has yielded some interesting results.

    (From the Axios PM Newsletter)
    The U.S. is right at the global average, with 53% of people considering religion a very important part of their lives. It is also a massive outlier: Every other country among the world’s wealthiest is far less religious. Compare: Canada (27%), U.K./Germany/Japan (all 10%), Israel (36%).

    While younger people worldwide tend to be less religious, populations are growing fastest in countries that tend to be very religious (particularly in sub-Saharan Africa) and shrinking in some of the world’s least religious countries (Japan, Eastern Europe). Thus, the authors write, “it is not necessarily the case that the world’s population, overall, is becoming less religious.”

    Religious observance tends to be higher in countries with lower levels of education and higher levels of income inequality. “Regardless of how religious commitment or prosperity are measured, the general pattern holds: Religious commitment is lower in places where life is easier.”
    Here is a neat map. If you go to the source, it is interactive.



    Religious observance by age and country | Pew Research Center
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    Interesting, and a bit disappointing (to me, at least) that there appears to be 'No Data' from such countries as New Zealand, Thailand, Saudi Arabia. Would have been intrigued to see the results from those three countries....


    Edit: Oh, and Cuba, too.

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