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  1. It is clear that the issues of statistics and its analysis are not covered here.

    There is a phenomenon that the poorer a person is, the easier it is for him to be a believer. And the main thing is to follow the path of the believer, that is, to confirm words and faith by deeds.

    This is what the Gospel says about the camel and the ability of a rich and burdened person to follow the path of faith, and not by accumulating wealth and preserving it and reinvesting it.

    In the same place, this phenomenon is described in the rule for the believer, to save wealth not on the ground where bandits (or security forces?) they will take your wealth away from you if you don't cooperate with them and serve them. (As agreed with Deripaska)

    And to collect wealth “in heaven”, that is, to cultivate oneself.

    It's like a summer resident becomes a slave to his dacha. And a slave to his second-hand red Mazda ( or Porsche) – the car owner.

  2. I don't think it's actually related. Although, if you are talking specifically about the layer of poor believers, then the second one. When people have nothing to hope for, can't come to terms with their lives, but don't have the strength to fight, they often turn to the church for support. And in some cases, they find not only help for the spirit, but also for the body. For example, the Catholic Church (in particular in Germany) takes care of destitute people, people in trouble. In addition, monasteries sometimes provide shelter and food for the homeless. So poor people really have something to look forward to when they seek help from the church. Although this is not the only way out of the situation.

  3. This statement makes sense. This was also noticed by Christ when he said that it is extremely difficult for a rich person, burdened with property and capital, to serve God and not Capital. That is, he will be able to believe, but he will still serve money. Therefore, it is just as easy for poor people to be believers as it is for a runner who does not carry a bag, suitcase, or cart with possessions.

  4. This is a common cliche that people come to religion from poverty. If you look at the biographies of great Saints, you will see that all of them, or almost all of them, are from the upper strata of society, from rich, influential families, with a high position in society. Moreover, in any denomination, which is interesting.

  5. If you look at the United States, a country with one of the highest living standards, you will see that 78% of the entire population calls themselves believers. I would especially like to note that Protestantism(one of the branches of Christianity) prevails there – 52% of the total population.
    In 1905, a book by the German sociologist Max Weber was published.Protestant ethics and the spirit of capitalism”, here is what is written in the description:“The emergence of the capitalist system in this work is associated by the German scientist with the Reformation, with the emergence of Protestant trends in Christianity, with their special attitude to labor and entrepreneurial activity; the Protestant religious and ethical complex, according to the German economist, provides the formation of hard work, thrift, honesty, prudence. Max Weber notes ” the undoubted predominance of Protestants among the owners of capital and entrepreneurs.”
    Indeed, if you look at it, a significant number of great entrepreneurs were zealous Protestants, for example: John Rockefeller Sr., the world's first dollar billionaire, who was nicknamed “the deacon” for his piety; Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, the world's largest grocery retail chain, writes about his zealous Presbyterianism in the book “How I Created Walmart”.
    In addition to the two examples above, there are also a number of representatives of Protestantism in the business environment, but information about them is easy to find in the search engine. Summing up the above, I would like to disagree with you about such a purely Russian stereotype “a believer means poor”. I hope I answered your question.

  6. I'll assume the second. If you are rich, then you have either made a fortune through hard work, as a result of which you have come to the conclusion that you can do everything without the help of someone from above, or by illegal and dishonest actions, which also generates thoughts in the spirit of: “There is no God, because I do what I want.” Rich people also often go against family traditions, and religiosity is usually instilled by parents. Well, at all times religion has been a kind of outlet, an excuse for the plight, even to some extent encouraged it.�
    Now the situation is changing. I think the association “poverty-religion” arises in you because of images of devout village old ladies gathering at the local church. Now there is a large stratum of the so-called middle class, in which some are moderately religious, others are atheists, others are agnostics, others believe “by inertia”, thanks to their parents, and so on.

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