Friday, June 01, 2012
Will the Religious Make Society Richer and More Free?
In a post titled Religion makes your (sic) richer and more free, Donald Sensing points readers to a Forbes piece, written by Joel Kotkin, titled ‘Protestant Ethic’ 2.0: The New Ways Religion Is Driving Economic Outperformance.
The subject is an interesting, hoary, and hackle raising one, especially when you consider organized religion’s close ties, throughout history, with the state, and most definitely is a subject one should be familiar with, because it does affect you whether you are an individual of faith, or not.
As juxtapostion to Kotkin’s noting the declining trend in individuals’ allegiances to organized religions within his article, I point you to a piece in The American titled The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think.
I do think that the religious have the ability to make society richer and more free, but that thinking is tempered by the knowledge that many religious folks have a tendency to get all fundamentalist with their faith and feel that state sanctioned force is justified in being applied to expand their worldview, which does not make individuals richer or more free.