Religion, Gender & Surveys

I do not believe that it has been shown that “women are more religious than men”. With at least four billion women on this planet, a single British study does not establish that conclusion. The most the study shows is that, by the manner surveyed, British women self-report they are more religious than British men self-report. It might turn out Muslim men are actually more religious than Muslim women. Participation in Salah, the five times a day response to the call to prayer, might support that conclusion. Or again, might Buddhist men be shown more religious that Buddhist women? What it would take to support the general claim that “women are more religious than men” would be a very rigorous world-wide survey of humanity in general, and even then, one might question whether the self-image that people are prepared to report is an accurate portrayal of how individuals actually behave.

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