Christianity and social stability
There are numerous resources pointing out the benefits of Christianity/religion as far as social stability:
- Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., 2006
- Why Religion Matters: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability by Patrick F. Fagan, Ph.D., 1996
Protestant missionaries and economic and societal development
See also: Protestant cultural legacies
The article The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries published in Christianity Today notes:
|“|| In his fifth year of graduate school, Woodberry created a statistical model that could test the connection between missionary work and the health of nations. He and a few research assistants spent two years coding data and refining their methods. They hoped to compute the lasting effect of missionaries, on average, worldwide...
One morning, in a windowless, dusty computer lab lit by fluorescent bulbs, Woodberry ran the first big test. After he finished prepping the statistical program on his computer, he clicked "Enter" and then leaned forward to read the results.
"I was shocked," says Woodberry. "It was like an atomic bomb. The impact of missions on global democracy was huge. I kept adding variables to the model—factors that people had been studying and writing about for the past 40 years—and they all got wiped out. It was amazing. I knew, then, I was on to something really important."
Woodberry already had historical proof that missionaries had educated women and the poor, promoted widespread printing, led nationalist movements that empowered ordinary citizens, and fueled other key elements of democracy. Now the statistics were backing it up: Missionaries weren't just part of the picture. They were central to it...
Areas where Protestant missionaries had a significant presence in the past are on average more economically developed today, with comparatively better health, lower infant mortality, lower corruption, greater literacy, higher educational attainment (especially for women), and more robust membership in nongovernmental associations.
In short: Want a blossoming democracy today? The solution is simple—if you have a time machine: Send a 19th-century missionary."
- Some Positive Benefits Churches Bring to Communities
- Religious Liberty in China: The Key to a Stable, Peaceful, and Harmonious Order