There was one last piece of information from the recent Pew Study of the Mormon Faith that I wanted to share and then ask for some opinions, especially from members of the faith.
For just about every religious denomination the more education an adherent gains, the less belief in spiritual things he exhibits. EXCEPT for Mormons. For Latter-day Saints the REVERSE is true. The more education a Mormon has the more committed he or she tends to be to his or her religious convictions. Here is a quote from the study:
Looking at religion’s importance through the lens of education level, patterns among Mormons are the reverse of what is seen among the general population. For example, among the public, 60% of those with a high school education or less say religion is very important in their lives, compared with 50% among those with a college education. But among Mormons, the reverse is true: More college graduates (89%) than those with a high school education or less (76%) say religion is very important. It is important, however, to note that both groups among Mormons place a higher importance on religion than either group among the general public. A similar pattern emerges on belief in God, frequency of prayer and religious exclusivity. On each of these questions, Mormons with more formal education are more religiously committed, whereas in the general population the opposite is true. (emphasis is mine)
I posed a question a while ago, based on this study, that asked why Latter-day Saints are so politically conservative and I enjoyed the responses of the commenters. However, I think that question was pretty easy to figure out. My question this time, I think, is a little less obvious and I am really curious about the responses we will get.
Here is the question:
Why is it that Latter-day Saints become more committed as they gain education versus other faiths where the reverse is true?