Religion is good for you: emotionally, physically, and economically. Who knew? Not the secularists.
In 2000, Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam published his groundbreaking book, "Bowling Alone." Putnam argued that Americans' reduced interest in civic engagement — by which he meant not only things of a political nature but also things like the PTA, Boy Scouts, groups like the Elks, and, yes, bowling leagues — had reduced the store of what is called "social capital."
"Social capital" is what sociologists call "the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively."