About one in five Americans combine a view of God as actively engaged in daily workings of the world with an economic conservative view that opposes government regulation and champions the free market as a matter of faith.
“They say the invisible hand of the free market is really God at work,” says sociologist Paul Froese, co-author of the Baylor Religion Survey, released today by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.[….]
Most (81%) political conservatives say there is one “ultimate truth in the world, and new economic information of cost-benefit analysis is not going to change their mind about how the economy should work,” Froese says.[….]
This is a distinctly American cultural finding and specific to this point in history. It was different in the past, it might be different in the future and it’s different now in Western Europe, Froese says.
I’d like to see the data about how this was different in the past, but I can’t find it (here’s a link to the survey itself).