The world became more religious in the last centuries, according to new research.
The research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, suggests the rise of the Catholic Church is to blame for this trend.
It also found that the rise in religion was also linked to a decrease in poverty and economic growth.
“There was a long period in the 20th century, during which the world was becoming increasingly religious and, of course, this was due to the religious revival in the Western world,” said study co-author Dr. Mark Stebbins.
“And then we see in the late 20th and early 21st century, the decline of the religious influence.”
Stebbkins and colleagues looked at the impact of religion on economic growth, poverty and environmental sustainability.
They found that over the past century, growth in the world’s religious populations has been driven by religious conversion.
In the 20 years from 2000 to 2020, the world witnessed a rise in the number of Christians, the study found.
This has occurred despite the fact that religious communities are often more likely to live in urban areas and are more likely than secular ones to be low income.
In their study, the authors examined religious populations in the U.S. from 2000-2010.
They analyzed the religious population from various locations around the world, and then compared the growth rates of those populations.
They found that during the 20-year period, religious populations grew at a rate of 2.7 percent, compared to 2.1 percent for secular populations.
The growth in both groups was tied to an increase in the percentage of people who said that they are “born again.”
The increase in religious conversion coincided with the global economic boom of the late 2000s.
In other words, growth occurred as a result of an economic boom that was driven by economic growth and a large increase in economic activity.
“We can see a rise of prosperity and a decrease of poverty because of economic growth,” Stebbin said.
“I think that this has led to the idea that religion is a major force that has led us to a more religious society.
It has led in some ways to the decline in poverty.”
Stabler points out that the study shows a correlation between economic growth as well as the number and growth of religious communities.
“The religious growth rate is associated with economic growth because it’s a sign of the success of the economy and of the economic recovery,” she said.
The researchers also noted that growth of the global religious population also coincided with increases in poverty.
In their study they looked at countries around the globe.
They concluded that religious populations have been growing at a faster rate than the secular population in the region since 2000.
“It has to be said that the growth in religiosity is the most significant factor that’s correlated to the increase in poverty, and we’re seeing that in the United States and elsewhere,” Stabbins said.
Stebbin points out however, that these studies show a correlation in a way that is not quite as clear as it might be.
For example, he notes that it’s important to note that there is a correlation but not a cause and effect.
For instance, it is possible that the number in a particular religion has a higher rate of growth in a certain part of the world and that’s linked to the same economic growth that’s happening in the rest of the region.
For now, Stebbeins says that the best way to look at this is to look to see what kind of growth it has been.
“What are the rates of growth that you can observe in a country and if there is an association with poverty or economic growth?” he said.
“We’re going to have to wait for more research to tell us more.”