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(Expert) Data Affirms That 'Prosperity Preachers' Prey On The Poor

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Data suggests that poor Americans are more like to self-identify as adherents to the prosperity gospel.

Political scientist and Baptist preacher Ryan Burge's survey data suggests that poorer Americans are far more likely to self-identify as adherents of the prosperity gospel than wealthier Americans.

Finally, it seems warranted to analyze how household income interacts with prosperity theology. The pattern is displayed below and it’s a cause for concern. The most notable finding, which has long been suspected, is that prosperity preachers prey on the poor.

Hard data affirms the suspicion that prosperity preachers prey on the poor.

(The most notable finding, which has long been suspected, is that prosperity preachers prey on the poor.) That’s clearly what the data indicates. For those who make less than $10,000 per year, they are twice as likely to espouse prosperity theology than those who make between $35,000 and $50,000 per year. The correlation, generally speaking, is a negative one. The more money an individual earns, the less likely they are to believe in the prosperity gospel.

Being wealthy is negatively correlated with believing in the 'prosperity gospel'.

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