Religious are key to American economic revival

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    According to Forbes:

    "...in reality, the religious connection with economic growth may be still far more important than is commonly supposed.
    Many in the pundit class identify religion as something of a regressive tendency, embraced by the less enlightened, the less skilled, intelligent and educated. Yet some scholars, such as Charles Murray, point out that religious affiliation is weakening most not among the middle and upper classes but among the poorer and less educated who traditionally looked to churches for succor and moral instruction. Secularism may have not hurt the uber-rich or the academic overclass so far, but it appears to have helped expand our lumpenproleteriat."

    "Overall the most cohesive religious groups — such as Mormons and Jews — still outperform their religious counterparts both in educational achievement and income. Both Jews and Mormons focus on helping their co-religionists, providing a leg up on those who depend solely on the charity of others or the state. In countries with a substantial historical Protestant influence such as Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands continue to outperform economic the heavily Catholic nations like Italy, Ireland and Spain, according to a recent European study. "

    "The increasingly perilous shape of public finance in almost all advanced countries — largely the result of rapid aging and diminished workforces — can be ascribed at least in part to secularization’s role in falling birthrates.
    There may be other positive fiscal effects of religiosity. Religious people donate on average far more to charities than their secular counterparts, including those unaffiliated with a religion. Nearly 15% of the religious volunteer every week compared to just 10% among the secular."

    'Protestant Ethic' 2.0: The New Ways Religion Is Driving Economic Outperformance - Forbes
     
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    That's an opinion. Who knows?
     
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    If maps were shaded like balance sheets, the bottom part of mainland Europe would be deepest red. Italy, Spain and Portugal are heavily in debt. They are also Catholic countries. Their predominantly Protestant neighbours to the north, including Germany and Scandinavia, are in comparatively good shape financially. Is that simply a coincidence, or is Max Weber's theory about the Protestant ethic being intertwined with the spirit of capitalism still valid, over 100 years on?
    Dr Sascha Becker moved to Warwick University from Munich, where Weber finished his career as a sociologist. And his recent research leads him to suggest that religion is a factor in the budgetary discrepancies between the north and south of Europe."

    Protestant v Catholic: which countries are more successful? | Education | The Guardian
     
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    Religious people donate on average far more to charities than their secular counterparts, including those unaffiliated with a religion. Nearly 15% of the religious volunteer every week compared to just 10% among the secular."



    Well duhh, they have to give 10% to a charity or burn in hell. The the love offerings and they are helping in church/charity activities.
     
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    What complete bullshit you spout, bigot.
     
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    Stop hating, kosher girl.
     
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    I don't hate Koshergirl.
     
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    Read "Eat Shoots and Leaves", please. In other words, check my punctuation above.
     
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    Eat shoots and leaves?
    A Mafia movie scene?
    :)
     

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