Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Religious Health-O-Meter (Infographic)

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Interesting that the Mormon church fares so well.  From statistics I've been, it is hemorrhaging members.  Of the 15,000,000 purported members, the LDS church actually has only around 4-5 million who attend regularly.  It also counts a lot of dead people as Mormons, because names are not removed for 100 years.  All is not happy in the Mormon church.  See my earlier post on the rotten fruits of Mormonism.  Still, this infographic has some interesting data and is worth a view.

How It Works
The Religious Health-O-Meter evaluates the overall health of America’s eleven largest religious organizations by comparing combined factors related to happiness and devotion.
Each religious organization was ordered from highest to lowest by percentage of membership that meet the requirement in six categories. Each religion was scored on a scale from 1 to 11 (11 being the highest rank) for each of the six categories. Hindus, for example, scored a ‘10’ in the wealth category for having the second-highest percentage of wealthy members, whereas Evangelical Christians received a ‘4.’
The results were tallied from each of the six categories, giving each religion a composite score. The scores don’t reflect an actual indication of a religious people’s happiness and devotion, but simply make a comparison of each religion’s potential well-being to the others’.
Statistics were drawn from the Pew Research Religious Landscape Survey.
What the Facts Suggest
While no definitive conclusion can be made about a religious organization’s true well-being, it is is interesting to note that there is a clear discrepancy between wealth and education and religious devotion. Churches who scored high in wealth and education (Hindus and Jews, for example) scored quite low in religious devotion. Conversely, churches who scored low in wealth and education (Historically Black Churches and Jehovah’s Witnesses) scored high in religious devotion. Most of the churches remained somewhere in the middle. Mormons are the anomaly in this chart, as the only religious organization that scored high or relatively high in all six categories, making their composite score (55) much higher than the others.

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