Global importance of religion


In addition to this map, Gallup presents some interesting match ups of the religiosity of American states with various countries. And you thought Alabama and Iran had nothing in common.

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17 Responses to Global importance of religion

  1. Curzon says:

    Very strong correlation there between religious countries and Dr. Barnett’s Core-Gap paradigm…

  2. Joe Jones says:

    Yeah, Texas is totally Gap.

  3. The map makes Australia and New Zealand seem unusually atheistic.

  4. Just An Australian says:

    I think Australia and NZ are about that Atheistic. What would be interesting would be to add a second question, which is, “is religion a little bit important sometimes” – there you’d get a much higher rating for Australia and New Zealand, and would be interesting to compare to other countries

  5. Curzon says:

    JaA, that’s basically how religion is for lots of people in the modern world — useful only when needed, such as for marriage or funeral, the times when people suddenly expect religion to be there to help them.

  6. Carl says:

    The placebo of the masses…

  7. Evie says:

    The Anti-Christ is hard at work in Brevard County Florida

  8. McKellar says:

    The way the question was framed (“Is religion an important part of your everyday life?”) biases the results towards religions that emphasize daily rituals, i.e. Islam, Catholicism, and various other denominations that place value on daily prayer, working religious practice into the routines of everyday life. Does saying grace before all your meals make you more religious than the guy who saves the ritual for Sunday? How about the guy who skips church altogether but makes major decisions (career, marriage, kids) based more on morality/ethics than self-interest or what’s expected of him by his peers and family? How about the sociologist who does yoga three times a week, only eats organic food, and gives 10% of their income to charity each year?

  9. Mckellar,
    Good point but would someone who only says grace on Sundays consider religion an important part of their everyday life?

  10. The poll also suggests a connection between high religiosity and poverty (sub-Saharan African states run at 95%+.) This invites a discussion of; does high religiosity cause poverty or does poverty cause a deeper faith?

  11. Just An Australian says:

    Personal opinion on the last one: poverty causes a deeper faith (Mazlow).
    I think that this poill might be as much about the meaning of the word important as it is about religion.

  12. Curzon says:

    Yeah, ditto to JaA — not really sure how we can make a causal relationship jumping from faith -> poverty.

  13. Curzon says:

    Interesting outliers on this map. Cambodia is probably one of the poorest places in the SE Asia region, but it’s the least religious…

  14. Any mapmaker who has America as averagely religious must never have lived there.

  15. Just An Australian says:

    > Any mapmaker who has America as averagely religious must never have lived there

    Or maybe has never lived anywhere else ;-)

  16. Matthew Roscoe the Celt says:

    I think that poverty probably feeds religiousity as people tend to turn to God when surrounded by death, struggle and injustice. The more comfortable and self assured a peoples become the more agnostic and spiritual. Perhaps in the southern parts of america people, although comfortable and affluent, feel marginalised by the north and hold on to religion as a way of resisting liberal progress and they do not relate to modern thinking.

  17. Matthew Roscoe the Celt says:

    I definitely agree with the last guy.