Do People Really Become More Religious in Times of Crisis?

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Do People Really Become More Religious in Times of Crisis?

(THE CONVERSATION) Organized religion has been on the decline for decades in the United States. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found that online searches for the word “prayer” soared to their highest level ever in over 90 countries. And a 2020 Pew Research study showed that 24% of U.S. adults stated their faith had become stronger during the pandemic.

I am a theologian who studies trauma and this shift makes sense to me. I often teach that traumatic events are, at their heart, crises of meaning that cause people to question assumptions about their lives, including their spiritual beliefs.

Do People Really Become More Religious in Times of Crisis?

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