Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Virtue May Be More Than Its Own Reward

David Francis of ABC News reports on a correlation (not necessarily cause and effect) between regular worship attendance and financial well-being. A study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicates that doubling church attendance leads to 9% more income, 16% lower chances of being on welfare and 4% lesser chance of becoming divorced. Author Jonathan Gruber postulates several potential reasons for this result: better networking opportunities, either directly or through children, greater emotional stability (thus better work performance) as a result of faith and an additional safety net in case of layoff from work.

WHY the relationship between worship and wealth was found unquestionably will draw considerable debate; THAT the relationship exists is very interesting.


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