World: Religiosity (IV) – Church

In World Values Survey, the questions below were asked:

  1. Do churches give answers to moral problems?
  2. Do churches give answers to family life problems?

The graphs below here show the percentage of people say “yes” among OECD countries.

Most of the people in Mexico (73.4%), South Africa (69.1%) and Italy (61.8%) thinks that churches do give answers to the moral problems. On the other hand, Only sizable people in Japan (19.8%) believes that churches (religion organization?) provide answer to moral problems, followed closely by Denmark (20.0%) and Sweden (26.3%). On special note is that even Ireland has very high belief in God (see previous posts), but they do not believe that churches can give answers.  

Move to next question, again, most of the people in Mexico, South Africa and US believes that churches give answers to family life problems. On contrary, only 15.0% of people in Denmark think that churches give answers, closely followed by Japan (16.0%) and Sweden (18.3%). Surprisingly Czech rep., an ex-communist country which has about 39% of people believe in God (the lowest rank among these countries) has quite high number of people think of the role of the churches.

Then, let’s have a look at Asia countries. Churches here would mean the established religion instituition in the respective country. People in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia has extremely high number of people think that their religion institutions give answers to moral and family problems.

3 Comments

  1. Al said,

    May 29, 2007 at 12:09 am

    It’s strange that Catholic priests who are single give marital advice. I’m sure they give good advice, but it’s not from personal experience.

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