World: Religiosity (V) – Church

Continuing from the previous post about the role of church, the World Values Survey also asked the questions as below:

  1. Do churches give answers to people’s spiritual need?
  2. Do churches give answers to the social problems?

The “yes” answer given by the participants in OECD countries are shown in the graphs below:

Most of the people in Mexico, South Africa and US think that churches do give answers to people’s spiritual need. This is particularly true for most of the Catholic-dominant countries, like Portugal and Italy. On the other hand, most of the Japanese (only 34.1% of them) do not think churches/religion instituition in their country give answers. The same goes to Luxembourg, Belgium and Netherlands. On average, 61.3% of all the participants agreed that churches give answers to people’s spiritual need.

Next, what does people think of the role of churches in social problems? On average, only 30.3% of all the interviewees here think that churches have their role in social problems tackling. Among them, 62.2% of South African, 53.9% of Mexican and 45.6% of American think that churches give answers to social problems. On the hand, only 7.1% Japanese, 11.5% Danish and 15.5% Czech people agreed so.

Let’s look at the numbers from the selected Asia countries:

Again, in the Islam-predominant countries like Egypt, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, their religion instituitions is believed by their people to give answers to both people’s spiritual need and social problems.

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