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Offline Quetzalcoatl

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"Religious change preceded economic change in the 20th century"
« on: October 04, 2018, 04:21:18 PM »
Religious change preceded economic change in the 20th century

The decline in the everyday importance of religion with economic development is a well-known correlation, but which phenomenon comes first? Using unsupervised factor analysis and a birth cohort approach to create a retrospective time series, we present 100-year time series of secularization in different nations, derived from recent global values surveys, which we compare by decade to historical gross domestic product figures in those nations. We find evidence that a rise in secularization generally has preceded economic growth over the past century. Our multilevel, time-lagged regressions also indicate that tolerance for individual rights predicted 20th century economic growth even better than secularization. These findings hold when we control for education and shared cultural heritage.

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Re: "Religious change preceded economic change in the 20th century"
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2018, 03:00:28 PM »
I would be interested to see how this maps along a study of the interconnectedness and de-isolation of the individual. Early civil rights movements in the US were very strongy tied to religious groups, such as the abolitionists and the entire Civil Rights Mmovement of the 1960s was lead as much by black ministers and churches (drawing parallels to the plight of the Nation of Israel in the old Testament) and the Nation of Islam. Both correlate with the ability to travel and disseminate information more quickly though.