Young people in Ibero-America 2021 makes a comparative study of how young people are, think and behave in nine countries, through 13,500 interviews carried out during 2019 and 2020 in Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia and Spain.
“For over 90% of young people, family and education are vital priorities when it comes to shaping their ideas and interpretations of the world,” explain the authors, who also highlight “health” and “the environment” as issues of greatest interest and concern.Religion and politics, on the other hand, are the two issues that score lowest on average in terms of importance. Read more
At the height of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the role of the church in providing social services decreased. The decline in charitable church activity occurred due to the rise in government spending under the New Deal, according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research . The study’s authors concluded, “Our estimates suggest that church spending fell by 30% in response to the New Deal, and that government relief spending can explain virtually all of the decline in charitable church activity observed between 1933 and 1939.”
In the following decades, even as the “wall of separation between church and State” was heightened through the Everson v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1947 and later, with the abolishing of school prayer in 1962, it became clear that the needs of local communities could not be met by government alone. Just consider the role that black churches played during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Read more
“As religion becomes less important in society, we know less and less about what faith and religion are. And when you know less, you become more afraid of the unknown, which is why there is a pronounced fear of religion in this country”, pointed out historian and author and former interfaith consultant, Mogens S. Mogensen.
He explained that that fear “was even endorsed from the highest level when the then Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen (V) declared that all religion should be removed from the public sphere”. Read more