Posted this in P&CE to address the globalization half of the survey, so if you want to address that section, the question is over there.
Tony Blair's foundation commissioned this survey, given around the world, to address global economy and religion:
There are a lot of stats in this thing (the religion section starts about 6 or 8 pages in), but one recurring theme seems to be a correlation, not just between the percentage of a population that supports a religion, but the intensity with which they support it. In the middle east, obviously, the majority of people claim Islam, but the vast majority of them also insist it's a very important part of their life and the ONLY answer. On the other hand, Christians vary, not just in population, but in importance. 85% of US Christians say it's the be all and end all, but in Europe, the importance of faith hangs around 25%. They're also less likely to say their way is the only way.
Is it cultural,or is it spiritual? Why are Muslims uniformly devote across different countries, but Christians in different countries don't hold their beliefs in equal importance (as compared to each other, not other religions)? Does believing, period, count for all or nothing, or does the degree of belief matter?Answer Question
Answer by dullscissors at 1:25 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 1:38 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by -Eilish- at 1:46 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Unfortunately, I don't have the time to read the link right now. I'm popping in and out between errands and packing for our trip. That said, I suspect that the difference may lay in the fact that in the Middle East, there is little differentiation between the laws of the land and religious laws, and therefore they feed each off and support each other. Religion, then, is all-encompassing. Fortunately, we have (or are supposed to have) a secular government, so religion cannot completely take over. . . and with that mumbo-jumbo, I have to step out for a bit and run some errands. If what I said didn't make sense, I'll think on it and see if I can make my thoughts clearer later. . .
Answer by jsbenkert at 2:10 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:14 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:36 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 2:37 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:40 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
Answer by BriHan06 at 2:50 PM on Jul. 7, 2011
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