The Big Religion Questions Finally Solved

Gregory Paul

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Advanced sociological research has determined that dysfunctional socioeconomic factors are responsible for the origin and historical popularity of religious faith and that sci ence, secure prosperity, and consumerism are radically undermining faith all across the first world. Contrary to naysayers, the so-called secularization hypothesis (which predicts that social and scientific advances will drive a gradual abandonment of faith) is being borne out across the developed world. In this essay, I will summarize an enormous range of recent research. Space does not permit providing source information for every finding; readers inclined to explore further are directed to the Further Reading list at the end of this article.

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