Journal Article

Socioeconomic Status and Beliefs about God's Influence in Everyday Life<sup>*</sup>

Scott Schieman

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 71, issue 1, pages 25-51
Published in print January 2010 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online February 2010 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI:
Socioeconomic Status and Beliefs about God's Influence in Everyday Life*

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This study examines the differences in beliefs about God's influence in everyday life across levels of socioeconomic status (SES) and whether that association is contingent upon religious involvement (i.e., frequency of praying, attendance, reading religious texts, and subjective religiosity). I focus specifically on the beliefs in divine involvement and divine control. Using data from two national 2005 surveys of Americans, I observe the following: (1) overall, SES is associated negatively with beliefs in divine involvement and control; (2) with the exception of reading religious texts, each indicator of religious involvement is associated with higher levels of beliefs in divine involvement or divine control; (3) SES interacts with each dimension of religious involvement such that the negative association between SES and divine involvement or control is attenuated at higher levels of religious involvement. I discuss the contributions of this research for theoretical perspectives on the relationship between SES and beliefs about God's influence in everyday life, underscoring the need to assess religious involvement in these processes.

Journal Article.  9993 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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