Happiness and Lifestyle among 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:
Happiness and Lifestyle among Conservative Christians

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This chapter tests the hypothesis that religious people are happier than people who have neither companionship nor faith. It shows that religion per se is the causal factor in religious peoples' greater happiness; it cannot be sloughed off as a consequence of correlated but substantively irrelevant factors. Adherence to the Bible principles in the Bible-oriented Conservative Protestant denominations also increases happiness. Active and affective religiosity are the catalysts for happiness. Passive belief has no effect. Attendance accounts for the relationship between affiliation and attendance in the United States. Feeling close to God and finding strength and comfort in one's religion explains about half of the relationship between attendance and happiness.

Keywords: religion; religious people; happiness; Conservative Protestants; religiosity; faith

Chapter.  3855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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