Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Why it matters...

Prayer is often more about the pray-er than the prayer. Here's some stats to prove it.
People who pray every day (whether or not they go to church) are 30 percentage points more likely to give money to charity than people who never pray (83 to 53 percent) And people saying they devote a "great deal of effort" to their spiritual lives are 42 points more likely to give than those devoting "no effort" (88 to 46 percent). Even a belief in beliefs themselves is associated with charity. People who say that "beliefs don't matter as long as you're a good person" are dramatically less likely to give charitably (69 to 86 percent) and to volunteer (32 to 51 percent) than people who think that beliefs do matter.
--Source The Loser Letters: A Comic Tale of Life, Death, and Atheism by Mary Eberstadt quoting Arthur C. Brooks Who Really Cares: America's Charity Divide; Who Gives, Who Doesn't, and Why It Matters.

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