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The bible and attitudes toward voluntary euthanasia

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Are beliefs about and behaviors toward the Bible associated with voluntary euthanasia attitudes? Using General Social Survey data and multivariate logistic regression, I find that individuals’ views of the authorship and epistemological status of the Bible; the importance of the Bible in making decisions; and the frequency in which individuals read the Bible are associated with negative voluntary euthanasia attitudes, even when controlling for other religiosity and sociodemographic predictors. I find that the importance of the Bible in making decisions accounts for the effect of frequency of reading the Bible and viewing the Bible as the inspired word of God.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Sociology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, USA

Publication date: April 21, 2019

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