The Religionism of Population Doesn’t Contribute to the Prosperity of the Society
The complex analysis of the various society indicators in the 17 developed countries showed that the hypothesis about the positive influence of the religiosity on the population well-being. On the opposite the most religious society appear to be less unscathed according to the sum of the indicators.
Gregory Paul, the independent social researcher from the US has published a sensational article in Evolutionary Psychology journal. He describes the results of the complex cross-national analysis aimed to check the two wide-spread hypotheses.
The moral-creator socioeconomic hypothesis suggests that the mass religion has the great positive impact upon the well-being and prosperity of the society. The more people believe in the powers that will punish them for the sins and reward for the good actions and intentions the less crimes and misdemeanors they will commit.
The secular-democratic socioeconomic hypothesis postulates that the religiosity of the population in developed countries slows down the progress and is a negative factor that reduces the speed of the economic growth.
The reality turns out to be more complicated however. The level of murders is higher in the religious countries, as well as the level of AIDS spread and the infant mortality rate. The among of suicides doesn’t seem to correlate with the religionism of the population. There is little data concerning the alcohol consumption levels in contact with the devotion to religion in different countries. The among if gross domestic product is a little bit higher in the religious countries but they tend to be in arrears according to the indicators of the income and property equality of individuals.
All the facts mentioned above make the author suppose that there is little contact between the well-being of the society and its religionism. This research was carried out on the basis of empirical data and the information obtained from press and mass media. Moreover Gregory Paul tends to consider the religionism to be the negative factor.