Thursday, April 23, 2015

Rich and Faithless?

Economic stability has been linked to secularism. Two researchers found that the percentage of people in a state who are atheist or agnostic is positively and significantly correlated to the state’s “productive entrepreneurship” score, which was calculated using a combination of new businesses created, per-capita venture capital investments, patents per capita, and the growth rate of self-employment.

Interestingly, the researchers also found an inverse relationship between the practice of religion and economic growth. This may be because those who are religious may look more for spiritual fulfillment, while those who are not religious may look more towards monetary gains. However, it could also be that those who are unaffiliated have more time and energy to devote themselves to their work, while those who are religious spend more time worshiping and praying.

In a different study, it was found that countries that are the most peaceful have more atheists than other countries. The more secularists that live in a state, the more money that state will make, and the more peaceful it will be. The more money a state has and the more peaceful it is, the more economically and existentially secure it will be, and therefore the more atheists and agnostics it will gain. Those who are peaceful tend to be more accepting of the differences between people, in contrast to some religions that are very closed minded to different beliefs.

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