Sunday, March 22, 2009

Losing Wealth but not Finding God

"Contrary to recent media reports suggesting that the country's economic troubles have led to higher levels of church attendance, a Pew Forum analysis of polls by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press finds that while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has shed over half its value since October 2007, there has been no increase in weekly worship service attendance during the same time period."

Pew Research, March 13, 2009

I just had to laugh at this graph, because I know all to well the joy some believers have that when finally the economy goes to hell, then perhaps the ungrateful will turn to the Lord. "No Atheists in an economic foxhole" and so on. But it's apparently not happening.
(In fact, if you look closely, the latter half of the church attendance graph is more below the 40 line than the first half.)


Unknown said...

I will be using this info in my next lecture. Thanks for posting it. The fundy's seem to almost cheer for disaster so they can have their appocolypse. Take a look at my new book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. I'll be in NY City talking to NYC Atheists at the end of this month as well as CFI.

bbk said...

I think it's because this is a false relationship. There is a positive relationship between wealth and education and an inverse relationship between education and religion. But education doesn't go down just because the Dow Jones sank. I would think that it would take at least a generation for a sinking economy to reflect on religious adherence in any way...

Anonymous said...

Or possibly fear is not the only reason people turn to God.

stuart said...

I am writing this post to all atheists who have a vested interest in debunking the myth of Jesus Christ. I am sorry if it bothers anyone that I am not continue the discussions that are going on your blog. Please contact me at the email address below and I promise I will never post on your blog again.

Here's what's up. A number of fundamentalist Christian blogs have come out swinging against a new book by Stephan Huller called the Real Messiah. The most recent being:

But there are many others. The only allies he seems to have on the web are a bunch of Jewish bloggers who like him because his mother was a Frankist (see wikipedia for more about this sect).

In any event Huller's book presents evidence that a two thousand year old throne in Venice proves that Jesus was not and never claimed to be the messiah.

Huller is going to appear on CNN in two weeks as part of his promotion of the book. As a big fan of his work I wanted to alert my fellow bloggers about this interview and have as many of us who have read the book to direct questions which challenge the existence of God and the whole Christian-fascist paradigm.

If you are interested in getting more information about his appearance please contact me at If you haven't read the book here is a blog posting to familiarize yourself with his basic points when you do the phone in show:

Thanks again


TimAtheist said...

Shows that America yet has a chance to stand up to the emotional tactics of religious bigotry. :)

Unknown said...

I'd wager (pun intended) that a closer related data-set would be that of the economic down-turn and that of gambling.