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The Great Divide

Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce

in Why are Women more Religious than Men?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608102
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608102.003.0001
The Great Divide

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This chapter illustrates the female preponderance in the ranks of the godly in modern industrial democracies. It analyses church attendance and church membership figures and data from large-scale surveys of religious beliefs. It also presents various bodies of data which show the preponderance of women in the world of alternative spirituality. Methodological problems with measuring religious interest are acknowledged and discussed. Also, the case is made that while there are gender differences in forms of religiosity in most societies, differences of degree are generally a feature of secularising societies. This explains the book's focus on the West.

Keywords: church attendance; surveys; religious beliefs; gender differences; secularization; methodology

Chapter.  9010 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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