Religion Could Help Solve America’s Loneliness Problem, if Only People Would Pay Attention

The numbers tell a powerful story, one in which religious adherents of all sorts are, in fact, far more connected and generous than their non-religious counterparts.

Source: mosaicmagazine.com

For over a century, a wide range of scholars, after studying the role that religion plays in civil society, have concluded that it is invaluable—a kind of communal glue holding disparate individuals and groups together.

Lately that conclusion has been challenged by popular but questionable reports that religion does nothing but raise non-empathetic bigots. So, seeking to test the question once more, the scholar Samuel J. Abrams went out into the field and polled Americans. The results are in, and they provide a powerful rebuttal:

The numbers tell a powerful story, one in which religious adherents of all sorts are, in fact, far more connected and generous than their non-religious counterparts.

For instance, the survey asked a national sample of Americans about their connections to others.

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