There are fewer and fewer believers around the world. The turning point came in 2007, and since then the importance of religion has been steadily declining. How is it in Slovakia?
A clear analysis of the data around the world was proved by a large analysis of the data put together by Ronald F. Inglehart and his colleague Pippa Norris. This trend has been studied in 49 countries and confirmed in 43 countries. Their conclusions were pointed out by the publicist Martin M. Šimečka in Diary of N.
Less faith, less violence
Religion has not always been as bad as it is today. From 1981 to 2007, the number of believers increased in 33 of the 49 countries surveyed. “These were mainly regions that got rid of the communist regime and the repressed faith came to the fore again.” writes M. Šimeček.
But then there was a break and the temples began to be depopulated. It also brought a surprising side effect – as faith declined, so did corruption and violence.
“It should be added that religion itself does not support corruption or violence – rather, that societies with rising living standards are becoming safer and less corrupt – but at the same time less religious.” explains the publicist.
It means that our standard of living is rising, we are living an ever better and safer life, and so people are losing their reasons to flee to God.
The Catholic faith of many people was also shaken by scandals involving the abuse of children by priests, which have become more and more public in recent years. Finally, it is the growing liberal orientation of the modern world.
“The data clearly shows that there is less corruption and less murder in liberally oriented and less religious societies.” explains M. Šimeček.
How is it in Slovakia
Slovakia is often described as a conservative country with a predominance of Catholics, which was confirmed by the results of the last parliamentary elections. In practice, however, it may be different.
Conservative diary Position points out that ten years ago, during the census, the number of people who refused to answer a question about their religion or did not subscribe to any registered religion increased sharply. The growth of such people was up to 70%.
Various surveys have long shown that Less than a third of people in Slovakia go to church honestly at least once a week. On the contrary, almost one in four does not go to church at all.
However, Šimečka points out that this global trend may still be reversed. “A pandemic can cause insecurity in people, in which case they can return to faith.” However, the authors of the analysis do not anticipate this. They expect that societies will become more tolerant and the influence of religious authorities will decline.
Source: Dnes24.sk by www.dnes24.sk.
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