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28 November 2012

To What Risk Are We Averse?

Just a quick note at the end of a busy day. One of the students in my 3000-level sociology of religion course made an interesting suggestion today. I presented the findings of Miller and Hoffman's "Risk and Religion: An Explanation of Gender Differences in Religiosity," and the student noted that it might make more sense to think about the social risk of non-religiosity to which women are averse as opposed to the authors' hypothesis that it's about the theological/existential risk of non-religiosity. In other words, women might be more religious than men because of a fear of social reprimand rather than a fear of hellfire. Sorry, Pascal; I think she might be on to something.

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