Religiosity Tied to Socioeconomic Status

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Science  05 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5966, pp. 642
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5966.642-b

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  • The Role of Modern-Day Religion

    G. S. Paul wrote that "[p]rosperous modernity is proving to be the nemesis of religion" ("Religiosity tied to socioeconomic status," Letters, 5 February 2010, p. 642). Taiwan is a counter-example. Waiting for a plane in the Taoyuan airport last November, I saw a tourist video about that island. Half the presentation was a celebration of the living folk religion and crowded temples.

    Mainland China, which has more people t...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.
  • Religiosity Tied to Government Beneficence

    G. S. Paul asserts correctly that "[r]eligion thrives when the majority seek the aid and protection of supernatural powers because they are impoverished" ("Religiosity tied to socioeconomic status," Letters, 5 February 2010, p. 642). I disagree, however, that religion thrives in the United States "because the majority of Americans fear losing their middle-class status as a result of limited government support, high levels of so...

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