An international team of scientists led by Dr. Christian McCaffrey from the University of Oxford has conducted the largest study ever of the impact of churches on poverty in India.
The team used data from an array of social welfare agencies, including the National Mission of Social Welfare, which provides support to households and households and families with children, as well as the National Poverty Monitoring Council, a government body responsible for tracking poverty and inequality in the country.
Their research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Their findings, based on more than 40 years of social science research, are stark.
In India, Christians make up just 0.2 percent of the population, but account for nearly one-third of all income.
One in five families in India is headed by a Christian.
“When I say Christian, I don’t mean that we don’t care about poor people or people of color or women,” McCaffery said.
“I mean that the churches are the ones who are really helping us.
They’re the ones that are giving us a place to worship and give people hope that their life is going to be better.
That’s what we care about most.”
When the church is involved in supporting poor people and families, that’s not what it’s really about. “
But the data, I think, is clear.
When the church is involved in supporting poor people and families, that’s not what it’s really about.
And we’ve seen this with other groups, such as the LGBT community.
We’re trying to understand why, in fact, churches are so important. “
We are trying to work on that.
We’re trying to understand why, in fact, churches are so important.
We need to understand what is it about that church that enables people to be poor in the first place.”
So we think that is something that the next generation of scientists will really understand.
“What we found is that the impact is really quite clear, that churches, in particular, are not really good at supporting the destitute.”
The findings are based on a survey of more than 4,000 people in 14 districts of Uttar Pradesh.
The survey was conducted in 2011, with a sample size of 1,000 adults.
The study involved interviews with 3,955 people, including more than 2,200 respondents who identified themselves as Christian.
The researchers found that the religious denomination was the strongest predictor of poverty among the 14 districts.
It also showed that the religiosity of the respondents was associated with poverty, particularly among people who identified as Christian but who were not religious at all.
When it came to identifying those who were poor, Christians were twice as likely as non-religious people to identify as poor.
They also had higher rates of having an income that was below the poverty line.
The results were especially striking for those who identified the religion as Christianity.
Christian-headed households in rural areas had the lowest poverty rates.
In urban areas, they were more likely to have incomes below the government poverty line than those who didn’t identify as Christian, and the rates were higher in places where Christians had a large number of followers.
In terms of the religness of the churches, Christian-led households were also more likely than non-Christian households to have low income and low income alone.
The survey also showed a strong correlation between the size of the church and the poverty rates for the religious population.
The study also revealed that in rural India, churches were a significant predictor of religious poverty.
In contrast, Christian households in urban areas were far more likely then non-Christians to have poor income.
“This suggests that churches are important because they help poor people, but they’re also important because poor people can get help from other people in the community,” said McCaffey.
Christian-led families are also less likely to be married and less likely than other households to live in poverty.
In contrast, non-church-led communities have a higher poverty rate.
While Christians made up just one-sixth of the sample in the rural districts, they accounted for nearly three-quarters of the total population.
“We found that even though churches have a relatively small impact on poverty, they have a large impact on the life of the poor, including poor families,” said Dr. Kishore Srivastava, a co-author on the study.
“This is a real example of how the influence of religion can be so powerful,” said Srivadava. “
And so we find that they are quite important to the lives of these poor people.”
“This is a real example of how the influence of religion can be so powerful,” said Srivadava.
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