Journal Article

Conscientious Objectors in the Culture War?: A Typology of Attitudes Toward Church-State Relations

Ted G. Jelen and Clyde Wilcox

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 58, issue 3, pages 277-287
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3712217
Conscientious Objectors in the Culture War?: A Typology of Attitudes Toward Church-State Relations

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In this study we investigate the various types of church-state positions taken by members of the mass public. We propose a typology of attitudes on church-state issues, and test that typology with a cluster analysis of a survey of residents of the Washington, D.C. area. We confirm that there are four main positions on free exercise and establishment issues. Attitudes toward questions of religious establishment and free exercise are substantially independent, and attitudes toward religious free exercise are not directly related to religiosity or religious orthodoxy. These findings suggest that the “culture wars” thesis may be empirically inadequate as a description of contemporary American politics.

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Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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