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Faith and the Economy: What's the Connection?

The relationship between social behavior and the general economy has been a topic of academic debate for many years and subject to considerable research, from which no cause-and-effect consensus has emerged. Traditional Judeo-Christian biblical teaching, however, asserts that a society that consciously turns its back on God’s standards of conduct will experience a downturn or collapse in its temporal well-being. Dutch researcher Dick Sikker studied the hypothesis that a decline in people of faith results in a decline in society. His work is available on the website of the Association of Religion Data Archives, a source for the highest-quality information and data on American and international religion. Sikker measured whether a quantifiable effect exists between the postmodern tendency to ignore the relevance of God in society and the financial turbulence of the early 21st century by correlating changes in percentages of Christians in a large sample of countries with changes in their respective sovereign (Moody and Fitch) ratings.

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Bob Smietana New Editor-in-Chief. at Religion News Service

Religion News Service (RNS), an independent, nonprofit source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and...

Liturgical Meditations from Fuller Studios

 The liturgical calendar spans the life of Christ in a single year—from anticipation (Advent), to hope (Christmas...

The Spiritual Practice of Humor

We live in a time of tension and conflict, arguing and fighting for what we believe is true. Many of us are attracted...

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