More Christians means more national economic well-being.
That’s the findings of Dutch researcher Dick Slikker after examining the data from more than 100 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Germany, Italy and Spain.
He found that changes within the percentage of Christians in a nation impacted the sovereign rating, which are national ratings from the firms of Standard and Poor’s, Moody, and Fitch that “result from a great many factors of economic, political and other natures.”
In his conclusion, he said:
Based on the results presented herein, the specific hypothesis that changes in the percentage of Christians within a society exert a measurable correlated influence of the economic well-being of that society (as measured by changes in sovereign ratings from two independent organizations) appears to have been generally validated to within the limits of the assumptions adopted and the level of detail of the available data. When considering total populations of all Christians per country, significant correlations were obtained in seven out of the eight combinations of data sources, rating agencies and time intervals that were analyzed. In every case the results demonstrated a positive relationship between changes in Christian populations and changes in sovereign rating; that is, increases in Christian populations were reflected in increases in the quality of the corresponding rating.
Even more specifically, it was the number of evangelicals that made the most impact. Christianity Today wrote:
Slikker told CT, “Four out of the four (100 percent) models for evangelicals are significant, and six out of the eight (75 percent) models for Protestants are significant.” By contrast, only 50 percent of the models for Catholics proved significant.
In the abstract, Slikker notes that while the Christian subgroups had varying degrees of success, the same could not be said for Muslims. They either had no affect or were detrimental to the economy. “[A]s a matter of additional interest, the same regression analysis was performed for Muslims,” he wrote, “with results showing no significant correlations in seven of eight cases and negative correlation in the remaining single case.”
Why do you think there is a connection to improved economics and Christian growth?