According to a father-daughter research team, the decline of religion in America, as highlighted in a recent Pew Research analysis, will affect not only religious organizations but a person’s health.
In 2016, Dr. Brian Grim, the president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, and his daughter, Dr. Melissa Grim, a senior research fellow and project director at the foundation, published a study detailing that religion provides about $1.2 trillion per year to the socio-economic value of the American economy.
As reported by The Christian Post, they published a follow-up study in 2019 in the Journal of Religion and Health. The follow-up study found that the work of nearly 130,000 congregation-based substance abuse recovery support programs in the United States was valued at an estimated $316.6 billion.
“We find that these faith-based volunteer support groups contribute up to $316.6 billion in savings to the U.S. economy every year at no cost to…