The overall message is actually quite positive,” Jeni Klugman, lead author of the report, told journalists. “What we find is that the world is much better off than it was,” including a doubling of incomes in real terms over 40 years.
Once again, Norway — one of the most secular nations — tops the UN Human Development Index rankings. But even outside of Norway things have only gotten better in 40 years. If we look at Norway and other secular countries topping the list — and Phil Zuckerman’s research (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/phil-zuckerman/imagine-no-religion_b_731548.html) — this improvement could be partly thanks to secularism — the same secularism the Vatican is trying to abort.
(The Philippines is ranked 97th, up from 105th last year. You can read more about the Human Development Report here: http://hdr.undp.org/en/statistics/)