The Religious, the Paranormal, and Church Attendance: A Response to Orenstein

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Orenstein's (2002) JSSR article “Religion and Paranormal Belief” uses Reginald Bibby's 1995 Project Canada data to argue that religious and paranormal belief are positively correlated, but that church attendance and paranormal belief are negatively correlated. In this response, I use the same data to show that while his basic model is true, we also need to consider the interaction between church attendance and religious belief. Religious attendance conditions the effect of religious beliefs on paranormal beliefs in an important fashion. I find that religious and paranormal belief are positively correlated, but only for those who do not attend church regularly.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5906.00181

Publication date: June 1, 2003

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