Study on religion and tolerance

There are deficits in religious tolerance, with Islam in particular being perceived negatively by many, the study found.

Study on religion and tolerance
dpa

Dortmund, Germany (dpa) - Democratic values ​​and principles meet with broad approval among the members of the three major world religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - in Germany, according to a study published on Thursday.

The vast majority of the population, or 89 per cent, across all religions considers democracy in Germany a good form of government, the study by the Bertelsmann Foundation showed.

But the study found deficits in religious tolerance, with Islam in particular being perceived negatively by many.

Dogmatic, rigid beliefs and intolerance towards other religions could be detrimental to democracy in the long term, the study said. Half of the interviewees feel Islam is a threat.

Nationwide, the number of Muslims is estimated at 5 million, with 1.5 million living in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia alone.

The Bertelsmann Foundation regularly examines the significance of religion for social cohesion via representative opinion polls in his "Religion Monitor."

The data was analysed for the foundation by Professor Gert Pickel, sociologist of religion at the University of Leipzig in a study entitled "Worldwide diversity and democracy."

The study was based on the 2017 "Religion Monitor," which had around 1,500 respondents, including a special survey among Muslims of around 1,000 people.

In addition, the Bertelsmann Foundation commissioned a follow-up survey from the Institute for Applied Social Sciences (Infas) in 2019, for which 1,000 people were questioned.