how does religion impact a region?

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Religion has a big impact in most countries. In America, there are some religious tendencies in different regions. Most of them are based on historical factors. The religion that is dominant is the one that always has been. It's the same way in other countries, but it sometimes causes wars...

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Religion has a big impact in most countries. In America, there are some religious tendencies in different regions. Most of them are based on historical factors. The religion that is dominant is the one that always has been. It's the same way in other countries, but it sometimes causes wars within or between them.
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This is a very loaded question because anything you say sounds like it is either exalting or criticizing a particular religion.  Nonetheless, some people say that a religion that is dominant in a region totally affects the region's culture.  The culture, in turn, affects the region's economy and its relations with other countries.

For example, the social scientist Max Weber argued that the Protestant religion is what made Western Europe great.  He argued that it gave Western Europeans a work ethic that allowed them to dominate the world economically.  Similarly, other people have argued that Japan's ancestral religions helped Japan's economy.  They have said that the religions' emphasis on self-sacrifice and stoicism allowed Japanese to work hard for their companies without demanding the sorts of luxuries that American workers would.

All of these kinds of commentary are, of course, speculation because we cannot know for sure how much religion affects people's culture (as opposed, for example, to how their culture affects their religion).

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