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Faith still shapes morals and values even after people are 'done' with religion

By Philip Schwadel, Professor of Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sam Hardy, Professor of Psychology, Brigham Young University
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Religion forms a moral foundation for billions of people throughout the world.

In a 2019 survey, 44% of Americans – along with 45% of people across 34 nations – said that belief in God is necessary “to be moral and have good values.” So what happens to a person’s morality and values when they lose faith?

Religion influences morals and values through multiple pathways. It shapes the way people think about and respond to the world, fosters habits such as church attendance and…


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