An interesting paper has recently appeared in Evolutionary Psychology that establishes a strong inverse relationship between religiosity and prosperity. While the author clearly identifies the relationship as one of correlation, and not necessarily causation, the fact remains that less religious countries are at the top of the prosperity scale and more religious one can be found at the bottom.
Given the progress-stifling religiosity of many prominent public figures and leaders in this country, it is not hard to believe that the high level of true or styled religiosity in this country is a hindrance to prosperity and progress.
But there is hope, I tell you. Many other more prosperous countries prove it.