• Can we take the blessings and promises of God for Israel also for us?

    Yes, this promise is Gods nature. For all prophesies or promises need to be studied. There are 4 main interpretations.
    1 Historical explanation
    2 Spiritual typological explanation
    3 Concrete earthly explanation
    4 Fulfillment in the eternity.
    Number 2 is the most difficult to see what is the fulfillment. For example you read in Act 2:16-20 a prophesy from Joel 2:28 (in Dutch 3:1) and here we see that this prophesy is for the church. Peter and Paul have often quoted from the Old Testament and apply it for the church now.

  • Is this analysis a proof of the prosperity theology?

    No, it is not. Christians are not promised to have an easy life. Even suffering is a part of the Christian life. This research is not about individuals but about the whole world.

  • Relation: Is there also a relation between a change in percentage of Jews and a change in ratings?

    The changes of percentages of Jews per country is so small that it is impossible to calculate correlations. About 95% of the changes are 0%

  • What is the difference between datasets Operation World and World Religion Database

    the evangelical and charismatic groups tend to be more closely linked to OW.
    Definition of evangelical. OW largely continues using the same definition for evangelicals and the same methodology as in past editions. OW’s evangelicals are theologically defined and in size, fall
    between the WCD’s narrower evangelicals and much broader Great Commission Christians.
    OW have sought to update figures more frequently
    The percentage of evangelicals is advised by OW to calculate correlations, not percentage of Christians.
    OW advise to choose 1 dataset. For correlations with percentage evangelicals use OW data.

    mainline denominations and Catholic and Anglican groups tend to be more closely linked to the WCD
    Definition of evangelical. The WCD uses a radically different measure of evangelicals (related to historic denominations with links to the Reformation) and of Great Commission Christians in all MegaBlocs. OW’s evangelicals are theologically defined and in size, fall
    between the WCD’s narrower evangelicals and much broader Great Commission Christians.
    WRD is academic, and also less time-sensitive than OW
    WRD is used in academic circles like The New York Times, Philip Jenkins, etc
    CIA use WRD

    Over the years, the authors of these two projects have sought to collaborate as far as possible in sharing information, standardizing categories, agreeing on definitions and converging in key concepts. The two projects serve very different readerships and have different goals. Over all, the high degree of similarity in the global and continental summaries (or the consistency of the factor of difference) despite methodological differences, is a gratifying relief!
    Sharing of data and information from both OW and WRD research was extensive between 1990 and 1998, and between 2005 and 2009.
    OW and WRD do not advise to calculate averages between the 2 datasets.

  • Why did you not use control variables?

    - the economic ratings are a combined / composited (samengesteld) variable. It is not public which indicators are used. Therefore it is impossible to use many economic, political, business, infrastructure and other variables in the equation / comparison, than there is no independency.
    - The religious variables from dataset World Values Survey is used by several people to calculate relations with religion. Because we work with one religion we cannot use these variables, they include all religions.
    - Control variables can have a great contrast between countries. Because we work with differences over 5 or 10 years the contrast is mineralized.

  • Why did you use ratings as the independend variable?

    See in References number 7 and 9.
    7 de Jong
    9 Barro