When Government Grows Religion Shrinks
Article from The Daily Wire by Paul Bois.
A new study confirms what conservatives have long maintained: bigger government kills religion. While it’s not always a deliberate targeting of religion — though the 20th century is replete with examples of just that — the bigger a government grows, the more religiosity declines.
“Researchers call it an exchange model of religion: If people can get what they need from the government (be it health care, education or welfare) they’re less likely to turn to a divine power for help,” reports the Miami Herald.
The new paper from psychology researchers, “Religion as an Exchange System: The Interchangeability of God and Government in a Provider Role,” shows that the stronger role government has in people’s lives, especially in providing material needs, the less people are likely to seek comfort in religion. This makes perfect sense, especially in light of religion’s continued capitulation to liberalism by billing itself as a social services club rather than an outlet for eternal salvation.
Written by Miron Zuckerman and Chen Li of the University of Rochester and Ed Diener of the Universities of Utah and Virginia, the research suggests “that if the function that religiosity provides can be acquired from some other source, the allure of religion will diminish.”
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