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Why Culture Matters Most$
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David C. Rose

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199330720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199330720.001.0001

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Family, Religion, Government, and Civilization

Family, Religion, Government, and Civilization

(p.137) 8 Family, Religion, Government, and Civilization
Why Culture Matters Most

David C. Rose

Oxford University Press

That chapter applies the framework to several topics of relevance to culture. It explains why the family is an especially important mechanism through which the transmission of trust-producing culture occurs. It also discusses how changes in technology have altered the returns parents expect to derive directly for themselves and indirectly for their children through the inculcation of trust-producing moral beliefs. It then explores the role played by organized religion, namely, how religion can speed the inculcation of trust-producing moral beliefs and therefore catalyze the emergence of mass flourishing or freeze a society at a low level of prosperity and freedom through cultural lock-in. The implications the framework has for good government and the rise of civilization generally are then discussed.

Keywords:   family, religion, government, good government, civilization, Protestant ethic, Christianity, afterlife, terrorism

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