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The comforts and conflicts of participating in religious communities
by Sriya Iyer
About this EXP
Sriya Iyer, University Reader in Economics at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge, elucidates the role of religion in modern life.
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Key point 1
Participation in a religious community has a notable impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. Communities provide networking benefits and help prevent depression.
Key point 2
Despite common perceptions, religious participation continues to thrive during periods of economic development. Nevertheless, the ongoing religious influence on politics can lead to conflict.
Key point 3
While religious education is desirable for some, secular education leads to more employable graduates.
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