Recent reports from across the Web have focused attention on how the world is feeling about religion and morality.
The Pew Research Center’s 2013 Global Attitudes survey outlined how countries perceive certain issues from a moral standpoint. Included in its list are topics such as gambling, abortion and divorce, according to Pew’s website.
The chart shows that 78 percent of people find extramarital affairs to be morally unacceptable, with 10 percent not seeing it as a moral issue. Deseret News National writer Lois Collins reported on the subject in "The Ten Today" series.
Other issues included on Pew’s survey are homosexuality, abortion, alcohol use, divorce and contraception use.
“Generally, African and predominantly Muslim countries tend to find most of these activities morally unacceptable, while in advanced economies, such as those in Western Europe, Japan and North America, people tend to be more accepting or to not consider these moral issues at all,” Pew reported.
The New York Times ran an article on April 11 about how parents can raise moral children and which types of praise are most productive in helping children internalize morality.
“People often believe that character causes action, but when it comes to producing moral children, we need to remember that action also shapes character,” wrote Adam Grant for The Times.
As the world’s take on moral views comes into question, so does religious diversity, which was recently shown to lessen religious violence. For example, the Atlantic’s April 4 article by Emma Green found that countries with less religious diversity have more faith-based violence.17 comments on this story
And Vox published a map on April 15 that showed how religiously diverse each country in the world is, producing some noteworthy results. While the United States is moderately diverse, countries like Canada and China are heavily diverse, according to Vox’s map.
“The least religiously diverse countries are easier to spot, and are typically dominated by a large Muslim majority: that band of yellow from Morocco, across North Africa and Middle East, all the way to Pakistan,” Vox reported. “The very least-religiously diverse country in the world is — wait for it — Vatican City.”