By Jonathan Fox
This e-book delves into the level of presidency involvement in faith (GIR) among 1990 and 2002 utilizing either quantitative and qualitative technique. The research is predicated at the faith and kingdom dataset (RAS), including one hundred seventy five governments around the globe, all of that are addressed separately during this booklet. The varieties of GIR tested during this examine comprise no matter if the govt has an respectable faith, no matter if a few religions are given preferential remedy, spiritual discrimination opposed to minority faith, govt law of the bulk faith, and spiritual laws. The examine exhibits that GIR is ubiquitous, that GIR elevated considerably in this interval, and that just a minority of states, together with a minority of democracies, have separation of faith and kingdom. those findings contradict the predictions of religion's lowered public value present in modernization and secularization concept. The findings additionally show that nation non secular monopolies are associated with decreased non secular participation.
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Under normal circumstances, people do not switch religions or denominations. Those who switch tend to switch to religions similar to their current religion and this switching often occurs in the context of mixed marriages. Thus, shifts in the religious economy often occur over generational time scales and this can cause a time-lag in the influence of shifts in government regulation of religion. Third, this theory applies mostly to membership in religious organizations and attendance at religious services, ceremonies, and events but general belief in religious concepts, such as God, are less affected.
An even more serious problem with this type of variable is that it might be a specific religious factor rather than religious identity that is the real reason for the correlation. Measuring religious identity but not the more specific religious factors with which it is at least partially covariant is similar to judging one car as superior to another based solely on which one won a race. Certainly, we would expect the car that wins to be the better car, at least as far as speed is concerned, but this does not tell us what aspect of the engineering made it better.
Mass education and communications technology, including most recently the Internet, has further increased this empowerment and the free flow of ideas. Science undermines religion’s role in explaining the world. For example in the Judeo-Christian world the concept of the seven days of creation was once unopposed but now this idea competes with the big bang and evolution. Science has also replaced religion as a source of solutions to problems. In the past social, physical, and spiritual problems as well as definitions of proper social order were the purview of the clergy.