Does Religiosity Matter?

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 11 2012 @ 2:37pm

by Maisie Allison

In "the real world," yes

Overall the most cohesive religious groups — such as Mormons and Jews — still outperform their religious counterparts both in educational achievement and income. …  Religious people also tend to live longer and suffer less disabilities with old age, as author [Charles] Murray notes. Researchers at Harvard, looking at dozens of countries over the past 40 years, demonstrated that religion reinforces the patterns of personal virtue, social trust and willingness to defer gratification long associated with business success. But perhaps the most important difference over time may be the impact of religion on family formation, with weighty fiscal implications. In virtually every part of the world, religious people tend to have more children than those who are unaffiliated.