Much has been made of a number of Scandinavian countries’ cultural and social state, as an example of the “least religious nations in the world”. Can a culture be stable, secure, safe… without a religion? Karl Marx suggested you need good socio-economics in a nation for it to be non-religious. Likewise, Christians suggest “people tend to forget God when it is going well”. The same basic truth? Just from two different angles, two different spins.
So… how non-religious are the Scandinavians really? tzhau passed me a link via delicious: Beliefs – Scandanavian Nonbelievers, Which Is Not to Say Atheists – NYTimes.com
An interesting and illuminating article, it seems unnecessary to log in to view it now, but will likely be necessary later, this being NYTimes.com and all. Even in the latter case, I’d say it is still worth a read! (Accounts are free, they just cost you a bit of effort, and a little bit less privacy while browsing their articles.)
I can also try asking around for some statistically inadequate but nevertheless useful opinions from one or two Scandinavians to see how they experience their countries, to corroborate (or deny) the picture sketched by this article. More useful might be some overview/study of the path Scandinavian countries followed to get to where they are, but I’m too lazy for that, and you can deduce some likely scenarios from what is already provided by the article.