When did faith start to fade away from America? That’s what Adam Gopnik from The New Yorker recently looked into, wondering when and why America has becoming almost 30 percent atheist. He said, in part, that there was an economic tie to the loss of faith.

“Relatively peaceful and prosperous societies, we can establish, tend to have a declining belief in a deity,” Gopnik wrote. “But did we first give up on God and so become calm and rich? Or did we become calm and rich, and so give up on God? Of such questions, such causes, no one can be certain. It would take an all-seeing eye in the sky to be sure.”

Read the full article at newyorker.com.