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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Religion and prosperity?

A recent study shows that "social capital" - the investment of a community in its less fortuniate - is the biggest indicator in the upward mobility. Here is the summary of a summary at Deseret News:
Among the most intriguing elements of the study, Zakaria wrote, is that "the most important correlation in the Harvard-Berkeley study appears to be social capital."
"Cities with strong families, civic support groups and a community-service orientation do well on social and economic mobility," Zakaria said. "That's why Salt Lake City — dominated by Mormons — has mobility levels that compare with Denmark's (cited earlier in the column as one of the international leaders in social mobility)."
According to the Newsroom posting, social capital is "one of the values that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints lives by."
"What's more," the Newsroom article continues, "this same social capital is greatly boosted by religion."
The posting features several previous commentaries on  MormonNewsroom.org that "explain how Mormon faith and practice help create strong families and robust communities" and illustrate how "it's not only Mormons" who are generating this kind of social capital. For example, a reference from the church's recent posting on "The Relevance of Religion" notes that "religion builds social capital."
What does this mean? Religion is more than relevant in our society - it is essential!

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