A little bit less than a year I was posting « the world’s best countries come with atheists« , followed two weeks later by « A correlation between poverty and religiosity« .
Again from Coyne’s blog, »Why is religion stronger in economically unequal societies?« . And this time he looks satisfied by the analysis of the data.
I haven’t read the paper (if you have access please share) but Coyne have a nice presentation of it (and I trust the guy).
From the conclusions:
- “Increases in inequality in one year predict substantial gains in religiosity in the next,” while “past values of religiosity do not predict future values of inequality.” In other words, the correlation between religiosity and inequality is driven by the former responding to the latter, and not the other way around. Unequal incomes lead to societies becoming more religious.
“Holding inequality constant, gains in per-capita GDP are estimated to depress subsequent levels of aggregate religiosity.” In other words, increasing the average economic well being of people makes them less religious.
« l’homme heureux n’a qu’une chemise et le bonheur en plus » hein, quelle connerie 😉 Enfin, sauf si on veut maintenir les inégalités porteuses de religiosité.