Religious Belief and Peace


There is no statistical relationship between either the presence or absence of religious belief and conflict, according to the latest research from the Institute for Economics and Peace. The report, Five Key Questions Answered on the Link between Peace and Religion, provides a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between peace and religion.

Does the proportion of religious belief or atheism in a country determine the peace of the country?

Contrary to popular belief, there is no significant correlation between levels of religious adherence and peace. High levels of religious belief does not necessarily equate with low levels peace, nor do low levels of religious belief or atheism correspond with higher levels of peacefulness.

The proportion of atheists in a country does not impact on levels of peace.

There are examples of highly religious nations at both ends of the peacefulness spectrum. Some of the most religious countries in the world are the most peaceful, such as Ireland. By the same token, some of the least religious nations are also the least peaceful, as exemplified by North Korea.

When looking at the 10 most peaceful countries in the world, three would be described as highly religious. On the other hand, when looking at the 10 least peaceful nations, two would be described as secular.

For a full answer to the question: ‘Does the Proportion of Religious Belief or Atheism in a Country Determine the Peace of the Country?’ Download the Religion and Peace Report and skip to page 10.

About the Report

‘Peace and Religion’ is a global statistical analysis of the empirical link between religion and peace. The report answers five key questions based on common themes featured in popular media. The five questions addressed are:

Question 1: Is religion the main cause of conflict today?

Question 2: Does the proportion of religious belief or atheism in a country determine the peace of the country?

Question 3: Does the demographic spread of Sunni and Shia in Muslim majority countries affect peace?

Question 4: Is religion key to understanding what drives peace?

Question 5: Can religion play a positive role in peacebuilding?

Download the Report

For more information, download the full report: Five Key Questions Answered on the Link between Peace and Religion

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