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I'm not sure what to make of this graph, but am sure some you will have an opinion--probably wrong, but an opinion nontheless...

This graph was in the March 2008 Atlantic magazine.



It comes from the Pew Global Attitudes Project, a survey of over 45,000 people.

In the full report, they also compare the results to five years ago. Venezuela and Germany had the greatest increase in religiosity, whereas Ukraine and India the greatest decrease. And the consensus of 46 out of 47 countries is that religion should be kept separate from government policy.

Definition: Religiosity is measured using a three-item index ranging from 0-3, with 3 representing the maximum religious position. Respondents were given a +1 if they believe faith in God is necessary for morality; and +1 if they say religion is very important in their lives; and +1 if they pray at least once a day.

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My opinion is that Jayhawk is a vacuous, condescending, disingenuous, facetious, lying tit. As he'll point out though, it's probably wrong. :rolleyes:
 

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At first I thought the chart was simply Bush's economic policies graphed out but then I read the fine print. :D

What will be interesting is if we take the thread that discusses the US population moving toward 450 Million by 2050 most by immigration, combine that with one of the threads on the US moving its manufacturing base outside the US which changes it's overall pC/GDP as the population increases and then juxtapose one of the threads that addresses the vast differences between the various religions in the US as opposed to most countries which have a more consistent religious view [lack of extremists like our Evangelical Christians].

Taking those three simple elements that are occurring in the US at this time at at exaggerated time frames [mass influx of immigrants, extreme changes in manufacturing to offshore, rise in evangelical movement] it would be interesting to extrapolate what the future position of the US would be on that chart, say in 25 more years.

Will it move to the left and UP? If so, what does that do for our status quo?



Good find Jay. This is actually a VERY interesting topic. Much more so than you might have thought.
 

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At first I thought the chart was simply Bush's economic policies graphed out but then I read the fine print. :D

What will be interesting is if we take the thread that discusses the US population moving toward 450 Million by 2050 most by immigration, combine that with one of the threads on the US moving its manufacturing base outside the US which changes it's overall pC/GDP as the population increases and then juxtapose one of the threads that addresses the vast differences between the various religions in the US as opposed to most countries which have a more consistent religious view [lack of extremists like our Evangelical Christians].

Taking those three simple elements that are occurring in the US at this time at at exaggerated time frames [mass influx of immigrants, extreme changes in manufacturing to offshore, rise in evangelical movement] it would be interesting to extrapolate what the future position of the US would be on that chart, say in 25 more years.

Will it move to the left and UP? If so, what does that do for our status quo?



Good find Jay. This is actually a VERY interesting topic. Much more so than you might have thought.
You mean a Banana Republic? :D
 

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At first I thought the chart was simply Bush's economic policies graphed out but then I read the fine print. :D

What will be interesting is if we take the thread that discusses the US population moving toward 450 Million by 2050 most by immigration, combine that with one of the threads on the US moving its manufacturing base outside the US which changes it's overall pC/GDP as the population increases and then juxtapose one of the threads that addresses the vast differences between the various religions in the US as opposed to most countries which have a more consistent religious view [lack of extremists like our Evangelical Christians].

Taking those three simple elements that are occurring in the US at this time at at exaggerated time frames [mass influx of immigrants, extreme changes in manufacturing to offshore, rise in evangelical movement] it would be interesting to extrapolate what the future position of the US would be on that chart, say in 25 more years.

Will it move to the left and UP? If so, what does that do for our status quo?



Good find Jay. This is actually a VERY interesting topic. Much more so than you might have thought.
Your pedantic interpretation of a rather simple graph makes me think it may be a less interesting topic than I originally thought!
 

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I'm not sure what to make of this graph, but am sure some you will have an opinion--probably wrong, but an opinion nontheless...

This graph was in the March 2008 Atlantic magazine.



It comes from the Pew Global Attitudes Project, a survey of over 45,000 people.

In the full report, they also compare the results to five years ago. Venezuela and Germany had the greatest increase in religiosity, whereas Ukraine and India the greatest decrease. And the consensus of 46 out of 47 countries is that religion should be kept separate from government policy.

Definition: Religiosity is measured using a three-item index ranging from 0-3, with 3 representing the maximum religious position. Respondents were given a +1 if they believe faith in God is necessary for morality; and +1 if they say religion is very important in their lives; and +1 if they pray at least once a day.

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1. A curve can be generate to fit any given data set.

2. people who have a lot don't generally feel compelled to seek divine help to survive day-to-day*.

3. The USA is made-up of a very large population, with wide and diverse social, cultural and financial milieu, resulting in exceptional standing in most social and economical metrics.

* Except university students
 

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Your pedantic interpretation of a rather simple graph makes me think it may be a less interesting topic than I originally thought!
My work here is done.
 

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i usually find that wealthy religious people have their riches earned from questionable sources while they preach god fearing to rest of the world
Yes Sheik theboss, which Pakistani/Indian did you step on today to make a buck? How's that girl from Siri Lanka doing cleaning your house while you make her polish your knob once in a while?
 
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