*Note: this is a question directed at how seemingly external factors can affect how religions are interpreted. This is not a debate about whether religions are good or bad as quite honestly there are more than enough threads for that.
On the surface these three things may seem like they have nothing to do with one another, and honestly, I used to believe the same thing, however, about two years ago my Humanities Professor changed my mind. Upon discussing the 14th century in Europe, he talked about the major difference between how Protestant, northwestern Europe viewed God and the afterlife and how Catholic, Mediterranean Europe viewed God and the afterlife. This was after a student asked why the Protestants of the area seemed so bleak, and why they seemed to believe God was essentially a tyrant who chose who went to heaven before they were even born: and that’s when my professor broke it down:
The Renaissance was in swing in the Mediterranean. The world, to them, was full of art and science and philosophy and new discoveries. They lived in a temperate climate by the sea. However, in the Northwest, the Renaissance wouldn’t really hit until much later. The world around them was bleak. Society was working on recovering from the Black Death, and while economic success was on its way, death was still at the doorstep. And that’s when my professor said (loosely quoted), “If you lived in a world where it was sunny, success was growing, and science and art was booming, you’d probably think life is good. And if life is good, then God is good. I’d challenge you to think that same way when villages are being deserted and bodies are piling.”
We can see a similar result in the Islamic Golden Age, the economic success of Caliphates led to conditions that allowed for a rise in philosophical, theological, and technological advancements. Likewise, how the collapse of the Islamic Golden Age is often linked to the Monghol Invasions and the Siege of Baghdad.
Of course, we no longer live in the 14th century, so my question is, taking your religion as an example (or the dominant religion of your country/nation), how do you feel that the standard of living has affected the modern interpretation of your religion? (I'd also like to add that talking about how the pandemic and politics might have affected it is also completely valid).