Religious Involvement, Conventional Christian, and Unconventional Nonmaterialist Beliefs

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Abstract:

This article uses a Scottish national sample to examine the relationship between church involvement, religious socialization among nonattenders, orthodox Christian beliefs, and a variety of unconventional nonmaterialist beliefs. Greater conventional religious belief is strongly associated with supposed alternatives but nonetheless, nonattenders are more likely to believe in the unconventional over and above any enduring sympathy they may hold for Christian doctrine. One group in particular stands out: belief remains high among nonattenders who once went to services regularly and seriously contemplate reengaging with organized religion. The article discusses the importance of these findings for “believing but not belonging.”

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2006.00329.x

Affiliations: Tony Glendinning is a Senior Lecturer of Sociology at Aberdeen University, King's College, Old Aberdeen AB24 3QY, Scotland., Email: tony@abdn.ac.uk

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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