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(PsyPost) Americans who believe that faithful believers in God receive financial rewards are less likely to have started their own business, according to new research that examined the impact of the prosperity gospel. The study appears the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

“The prosperity gospel has a growing following around the world. The belief that God financially blesses faithful followers appeals to many people,” said study author Kevin D. Dougherty, an associate professor of sociology at Baylor University.

“Our interest is the practical outcomes of such beliefs. In our study, we ask: Do prosperity beliefs make people more likely to think and act in entrepreneurial ways?”

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