24 Jul '11, 1am

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful” is true afterall

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by rulers as useful” is true afterall

A variant of the hypothesis incorporates a twist to it, known as Relative Power Theory: Income inequality correlates with religiosity because religion is also useful to the richer classes in maintaining their privileges. Consciously or unconsciously, the better-off classes use and propagate religion to inculcate acceptance among the lower-income of their inferior status. Religion tends to promote a fatalistic view of life, whether cast as “God’s plan” or “You’re not succeeding because you haven’t prayed hard enough”, thereby reducing popular demand for economic redistribution. Additionally, the promotion of religion achieves buy-in by the lower-income classes of the conservative social values that religion often represents, thus channelling their vote-support towards rightwing parties which (surprise, surprise!) tend to champion free-market values — the very values that cr...

Full article: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/07/24/religiosity-...

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