A Social Portrait of Conservative Christians

in The Truth about Conservative Christians

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780226306629
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306759 | DOI:
A Social Portrait of Conservative Christians

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Stereotypes about Conservative Protestants abound. Religious issues aside, they are pigeonholed as Southern, uneducated gun owners who live in trailers parks or at least far from town. This chapter draws a social portrait of Conservative Protestants and other religious traditions from data on where each lives, the race and ethnicity of members, marriage and family patterns, education, socioeconomic status, and key habits and activities. It shows that Conservative Protestants are everywhere—though they are more Southern than other groups. They are whiter because segregation split them from the Afro–American Protestant churches with whom they share most religious precepts and practices. They are also slightly more likely to be married, less educated, and less affluent than many other groups. Most behavioral differences between Conservative Protestants and others reflect these differences of geography, education, and income.

Keywords: Conservative Protestants; whites; religion; geography; education; income; Southerners

Chapter.  3546 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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