The Connection Between a Country’s Wealth and Its Religiosity

Are religious countries more likely to be poor? Are richer countries less likely to be religious?

We may not be able to tell cause-and-effect here, but there does appear to be a remarkable correlation between the two, according to researcher Gregory Paul

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Researchers Say More Americans Than Ever Before ‘Have No Religious Preference’

Another survey is telling us what we already know: The number of Americans who are not religious is on the rise. Researchers from University of California, Berkeley and Duke University went through the recently-released results of the biennial General Social Survey and found that

While some types of Americans identify with an organized religion less than others, Americans in almost every demographic group increasingly claim “no religion” since the trend began to accelerate in 1990.

This continues a trend of Americans disavowing a specific religious affiliation that began in the 1950s but has accelerated greatly since 1990.

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Top 10 Most/Least Religious States in the Country: 2013 Edition

Gallup has just released their annual list of the most and least religious states in the country and there’s no real change from the past.

The most religious states (darker green in the map below) are in the same order from last year… while the least religious states (lighter green) gained Hawaii but lost New York:

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The Less Than 1%: How Uganda’s Atheists Are Fighting Back

In many countries around the world, religious groups are pushing for conservative social policies and retaining their grip on society by dominating the public discourse and provision of social services. In Uganda, an extraordinarily religious country, the small but vocal atheist movement is pushing back — hard.

Although Ugandan law guarantees religious freedom, the reality is more complex. A 2010 Pew survey found that 99% of survey respondents in Uganda identified as religious, with 86% of them identifying as Christian and 13% as Muslim. That leaves 1% of the population to represent minority faiths (including Hinduism, African traditional belief systems, Baha’i, etc) — and the non-religious. It’s worth noting that the religious population in Uganda is also, well, religious, with 86% of respondents indicating that religion is “very important” in their lives, 82% attending religious services weekly, and 71% of Christians and 74% of Muslims stating that their holy books are the literal word of God.

This is no mere Sunday Christianity: it infuses every aspect of people’s lives.

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Searching for More Atheist K-12 Teachers!

Several months ago, I posted about a couple of researchers hoping to speak with atheist teachers.

You all responded like crazy and they got what they wanted; now, they’re hoping to expand their base: [Read more...]


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