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Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Global God Divide

Christine Tamir et al. at Pew:
What is the connection between belief in God and morality? And how important are God and prayer in people’s lives? Pew Research Center posed these questions to 38,426 people in 34 countries in 2019.
Across the 34 countries, which span six continents, a median of 45% say it is necessary to believe in God to be moral and have good values. But there are large regional variations in answers to this question...Despite variances in religious observance, a median of 62% across the countries surveyed say that religion plays an important role in their lives, while 61% agree that God plays an important role in their lives and 53% say the same about prayer. 
 In addition to Ukraine, four other countries – Mexico, Turkey, South Korea and the United States – have seen significant decreases in the percentage of their publics who say belief in God is necessary to be moral.

 A table showing connection between belief in God and morality over time

A chart showing most in Western Europe say belief in God not needed to be moral
A chart showing countries with higher GDP per capita less likely to tie belief in God to morality