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06 June 2016

Visualizing Believing/Behaving/Belonging

Here is a figure laying out a more nuanced way that I propose for understanding the believing/belonging/behaving paradigm:

Here is some speculation on examples from each location:
  1. High Belief/Low Belonging/Low Behaving
    1. e.g. Cultural Christians
  2. Low Belief/High Belonging/Low Behaving
    1. e.g. Mainline Protestants
  3. Low Belief/Low Belonging/High Behaving
    1. e.g. Reform Christians
  4. High Belief/High Belonging/Low Behaving
    1. e.g. nondemoninational Christains
  5. High Belief/Low Belonging/High Behaving
    1. e.g. Buddhists
  6. Low Belief/High Belonging/High Behaving
    1. e.g. Conservative Jews
  7. High Belief/High Belonging/High Behaving
    1. Evangelical Protestants
  8. Low Belief/Low Belonging/Low Behaving
    1. e.g. seculars
Steensland et al. 2000. "The Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art." Social Forces 79(1):291-318.

Smidt, Corwin E., Lyman A. Kellstedt, and James L. Guth. 2009. "The Role of Religion in American Politics: Explanatory Theories and Associated Analytical and Measurement Issues." Pp. 3-42 in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press. Ed 

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