Sunday, March 9, 2014

Does Lutheranism contribute to happiness?

According to Gallup's well being stats, the states with the highest concentration of Lutherans in America just happen to be the top four states Gallup scored on the well-being index.


In other words, being Lutheran bears the fruit of contentment in the soul, life, and faith of the person.  At least I would like to think so...

What do you think?


Anonymous said...

Dear Pastor Peters,

I think you're reaching a bit here. The entire spread in that table, 70.4 all the way down to 68.2 is hardly significant. The difference between the "Lutheran" Dakotas, Nebraska, and Minnesota versus "atheist" Vermont, Hawaii, and Washington states is extremely small.

Based purely on this data set, I would be inclined to conclude that being Lutheran makes no difference at all on the so-called Well-Being Index.the data suggest to me that something else is the key factor, such as, perhaps, economic prosperity.

Anglican Priest

Unknown said...

Post hoc ergo propter hoc much? I call major logical fallacy.

Coincidence, nothing more.

Anonymous said...

Wisconsin is conspicuously absent...