The 10 happiest countries one earth are among the least religious; conversely, the 10 least happy countries are among the most religious. Such information would seem to discredit religion, but it shouldn’t at all. Christian Smith’s theory of religion helps us to see why.
As we blogged about, Smith in his book Religion: What It Is, Why It Works, and Why It Matters. defines religion in terms of people seeking help from “superhuman powers.”