An excellent visual aid to process the religious data in the United States. Roll the cursor over the map (after clicking on the link) to see any particular state's religious data. What patterns do you notice? Are there religious regions that could be drawn based on this data?
This is an example of a large organization that is a hinderance in the spread of some religions, marking the post's connection to religion. When religion in organizations is refused, it is seen as a hinderance.
From this scoop, it seems that Ireland is wanting to distribute and accept multiple religions across the area. This is causing adherents of the religion to relocate, if they are now being accepted by a larger society.
This can be viewed in the perspective of a citizen of an LDC. In LDCs, there are religions that cause the woman to be subservient to men. A higher birth rate could be the cause. If these small religions were to distribute and be adhered to, there could possibly be a spike in the birth rate.
This is a religion map of Europe. As shown by the map, the religions are clumped in large groups in one area. It is shown that the religions were most likely distributed through relocation diffusion, since the religions are clustered. From there, it spread.
Christianity. Islam. Judaism. Buddhism. Hinduism. All the major religions have basically competed with each other in an epic, historical game of Risk. Who can gain the most converts? Which religion is the most right at being right?
Unlike the distribution map of the USA, this map shows the entire globe and the religions distributed across it. This map shows major universalizing religions that have conquered ethnic religions and how that has impacted the clustering and location of the religions.
Overall, because there are more ill-educated people than educated ones, religious attendance has a beneficial effect. But the benefit really accrues to the ill-educated. For the educated, religion (at least, the kind of religion widely practised in the USA) might actually be harmful.
This can be compared to the fact that some religions rely on spiritual healings, while others allow medication. The smaller, more ethnic religions in places with less sanitation/health benefits (LDCs, for example) happen to have more health problems. When it comes to universalizing religions as a choice in both LDCs and MDCs, it seems that there is a rise in health conditions.