“You will find since recorded history groups with occupations most fraught with uncertainty will have the most enthusiasm for supernatural religious beliefs. Farmers have always been a very religious group. Bankers are not as religious.”
The professor in my first year of graduate school made me lean forward. I had come to realize by age 22 when people spoke of the “religious truth”, it was most often the faith of their parents. But now, professor was introducing a new variable that influenced the definition of “truth”.
We know economic influence appears in many forms. A recent article explained how economics might explain why the U. S. is more religious than Europe today.
The article by Tobin Grant, “Religion and Inequality Go Hand-in-Hand” (Christianity Today), explains religion is strongest in countries where the income inequality is greatest. It is true in both rich and poor countries. It is not surprising or unusual that the U. S. is highly religious, Grant writes.
In addition, within the U. S., states with the most unequal distribution of income are the most religious while those with the most equal are the least. These observations make the link even stronger.
What causes this link may be a complicated question to answer. The interesting thing is that it appears to be there.
The apparent link strengthens the argument of those who find religion is a product of the human mind’s seach for a way to deal with whatever comes along.
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