More Educated Tend to be More Religious.

After having analyzed data from a national survey (by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago) sociologist Philip Schwadel found that people actually tend to become more religious as they further their education. However, by “religious” it would depend on what one means by the word, as Schwadel says that “If it’s simply attending religious services, then no… But if it’s saying the Bible is the literal word of God and saying that only one religion is the true religion, then they are less religious.” According to the designation of “more religious” Schwadel explains that it refers to those who believe “in a higher power.”

The study found that with each additional year of education the likelihood of attending religious services increased by 15%. The likelihood of reading the Bible at least occasionally increased by 9%, and that likelihood of switching to a mainline Protestant denomination – Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian USA or United Methodist – increased by 13%.


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