“In my new study of 137 countries (1), I also found that atheism increases for countries with a well-developed welfare state (as indexed by high taxation rates),” Barber writes. “Moreover, countries with a more equal distribution of income had more atheists.”
As MSN Now points out, a PEW study seems to confirm Barber’s view – at least here in the United States. As of last year, 20 percent of Americans now identify as agnostic, atheist, or "unaffiliated," with any religion.
If you haven’t already, check out our piece on Latinas coming out of the closet as atheists.
What do you think of Barber’s study?