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:

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This chapter presents and critically evaluates the explanations for women's greater religiosity offered by scholars who see female religiosity as simply one symptom of a general greater aversion to risk, caused by biology or socialisation. Although apparently consistent with some sorts of evidence, it fails to establish that not believing is in any sense risky in modern societies. It also fails to fit with the observation that as irreligion grows (and non-belief becomes more common), so does the gender difference.

Keywords: risk; socialization; believing; irreligion; gender difference

Chapter.  4464 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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