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Does the world think religion is necessary for morality?

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 5 2015 7:00 a.m. MDT

A recent study from Pew asked if belief in God is necessary for morality. (Getty Images/iStockphoto) A recent study from Pew asked if belief in God is necessary for morality. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

A recent piece by The Atlantic highlighted a study from the Pew Research Center that explored how the world responds to the question "Is it necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person?"

The survey, which involved 40,000 people in 40 countries between 2011 and 2013, revealed interesting associations and subtleties, including how a nation's wealth affects attitudes toward morality.

"... The United States continued its tradition of defying religious patterns in the rest of the West and developed world: Compared to people in other countries with a similar per-capita GDP, U.S. respondents were much more likely to say that belief in God is necessary to be a good person," Emma Green wrote for The Atlantic.

The study found some correlation between wealth and attitude toward religion. (Pew Research Center) The study found some correlation between wealth and attitude toward religion. (Pew Research Center)

Read the complete article on The Atlantic.

Alison Moore is a writer for the Faith and Family sections at DeseretNews.com. She is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University. EMAIL: amoore@deseretdigital.com

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