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Cause and Effect
A key question of course is whether the data is coincidental or the result of a cause-effect relationship between church attendance and a better standard of living. Gruber cites three reasons for the potential earnings gains:
- Church attendance creates a web of relationships within the larger community which brings with it social capital, making business deals easier to pull off.
- Those who attend church regularly also have mutual emotional and (in times of distress) financial support that allows quicker recovery from problems.
- Lastly, Gruber posits that regular church attenders are more able to succeed due to being less stressed than their non-church going neighbors.
The full text of The Economist article is online here. What do you think of these less-than-spiritual reasons for attending church?
In the archives
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Why a non-believer may want a church
Build a sense of community in church
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor + King of Peace Episcopal Church