I heard an interview yesterday with a researcher who claims the world’s population is moving strongly into the economic middle class. He recognized that there are still a great many poor, and that the U.S. isn’t doing as well in that direction as most of the rest of the world. He pointed out that the median income in China now exceeds that of England.
I wonder if there’s been any studies correlating religious belief with economic status. I have a gut feeling, although not strong, that the correlation is negative. That is, as one becomes more financially independent, one relies less on religion.
If that’s correct, possibly we’ll see the major religions shrink.
edited to add missing word.