The New Values of a Globalized World

May 29, 2019

A large-scale survey carried out in 27 different countries shows that a majority of respondents want religion—in the broad sense—to have an increased role in society. However, secularization and the new values ​​it conveys, are far from being questioned.

The results of the study conducted by the Pew Research Center were posted online on April 22, 2019. The institute asked three questions to 30,000 people from 27 different countries with a representative sample of at least 1,000 people surveyed in each country. Among the questions asked: does religion play a more or less important role than in the past?

First observation: in Europe and North America, a majority of respondents think that the place of religion is tending to decline in society.

Except in France, where the response is split, with 39% considering the role of religion as growing, versus 38% who hold a contrary opinion. The study makes no distinction between the different religions, with the result that the growing place of Islam in the French public space could be the explanation for this result.

The majority of the 30,000 respondents want religion to play a greater role in their country: four out of ten people say they are in favor of this transformation, compared to one in ten who oppose a more important role for religion.

Note the French position—shared by Sweden and Germany—countries in which a majority favorable to an increase in the place of religion in society is emerging—again, the issue of Islam and its perception in society seem to influence the answers.

58% of those surveyed noted that family ties have loosened in society, and that issues related to “gender equality” and “diversity”—including the intermixing of societies—have, on the contrary, greatly progressed.

Unsurprisingly, the themes of “gender equality” and “diversity” are favored by the richest countries—North America and Western Europe—while Central Europe and Russia manifest more resistance.

The effects of the decline of the Church within societies, which has accelerated in the post-Conciliar period, have, once again, been verified. The religious aspiration—proper to man—has not been evacuated, but has become more individualized and relativized, where it has not been replaced by the new messianisms: evangelical sects or Islam.

In a similar movement, the consequences of secularization—the sexual revolution and its ersatz—in the West have substituted for a Catholic morality that has been largely demolished, often even by members of the hierarchy.

The aged Aristotle was not talking nonsense when he said over and over again, to whomever would listen, that “nature abhors a vacuum.”