Faith Fortifies

Facts of Life

A new survey on religious beliefs, drawing on the views of more than 4,300 people from all around the world, shows that religion outranks politics in importance to individuals — and that people think politics, not religion, fuels violence. “Religion is far more important to people than politics,” said John Zogby, president of Zogby International, the firm that conducted the survey along with the University of Rochester's religion department. “Religion is hardly a mandate for extremism,” the pollster added. “People see it as a good thing that produces good values.”

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