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  • A bounded affinity theory of religion and the paranormal.
    Baker, Joseph O., Christopher Bader, and F. Carson Mencken (2016)
    Sociology of Religion 77:4: 334-358. Erratum, 78:1 (2017): 117.

    Develops a propositional theory based on a bounded affinity model wherein paranormal experiences are related positively to experiential religiosity & certain beliefs, but negatively to practice, consequential & knowledge religiosity. Illustrates with 2005 Baylor Religion Survey data, Christian subsample.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Dimensions of religiosity; Experiential dimension; Plausibility structure; Bounded affinity; Paranormal
  • The Amish in North America: Knowledge, tradition and modernity.
    Cooksey, Elizabeth C., and Joseph F. Donnermeyer (2012)
    In Mathew Guest and Elisabeth Arweck (eds.) Religion and Knowledge: Sociological Perspectives. Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate, pp. 77-94.

    Amish life is sustained by separation, a sense of history, & a small-scale setting in which introspection & decision-making occur.

    Associated Search Terms: Amish, North America; Plausibility structure
  • Secularization as Conflict.
    Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika, Thomas Schmidt-Lux, and Uta Karstein (2008)
    Social Compass 55:2: 127-139.

    Based on 2003-08 family interviews in Leipzig, showing secularization resulted not only from repression but the establishment of a worldview that subjectively made religion less plausible.

    Associated Search Terms: Plausibility structure; Secularization; Germany, Leipzig; Conflict
  • Religion, Plausibility Structures, and Education's Effect on Attitudes toward Elective Abortion.
    Petersen, Larry R. (2001)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40:2: 187-203.

    Analyzes 1989-96 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; the liberalizing effect of educational attainment on abortion attitudes is weakest among Conservative & Catholic frequent attenders.

    Associated Search Terms: Plausibility structure; Practice; Abortion; United States; Education
  • Explaining the Relationship Between Christian Religion and Anti-semitism in the Netherlands.
    Konig, Ruben, Rob Eisinga, and Peer Scheepers (2000)
    Review of Religious Research 41:3: 373-393.

    Analyzes 1990-91 Dutch survey data; the relationship of Christian religion to anti-semitism was largely spurious for religious prejudice, but religion made secular anti-semitism more plausible. Local, narrow perspectives were most important.

    Associated Search Terms: Netherlands; Prejudice, anti-Semitism; Plausibility structure
  • Religion and Declining Support for Traditional Beliefs about Gender Roles and Homosexual Rights.
    Petersen, Larry R., and Gregory V. Donnenworth (1998)
    Sociology of Religion 59:4: 353-371.

    Analyzes 1972-93 General Social Survey (U.S.A.) data; shows intra-group opinion support is more important than exposure to external support.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Plausibility structure; Homosexuality; Sex role; United States
  • Intransigeance ou compromis. Sociologie et histoire du catholicisme actuel.
    Turcotte, Paul-André (1994)
    Montréal: Fides.

    Depicts late 20th century Catholicism in Quebec; uses the themes: intransigence & compromise or engagement with the world. Focuses on the secularization of education & on the Viatorians.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, Canada; Clercs de Saint-Viateur; Plausibility; Identity; Orders/congregations; Education; Canada, Quebec; Troeltsch, Ernst; Practice; Belief
  • Les chemins de la différence. Pluralisme et aggiornamento dans l'après-concile.
    Turcotte, Paul-André (1985)
    Montréal: Bellarmin.

    Studies the Clercs Saint-Viateur.

    Associated Search Terms: Orders/congregations; Pluralism; Plausibility structure; Clercs de Saint-Viateur
  • On Maintaining Plausibility: The Worldview of Evangelical College Students.
    Hammond, Phillip E., and James Davison Hunter (1984)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 23:3: 221-238.

    Analyzes survey data from students in 10 U.S. public & Christian colleges. More Evangelicals are found at the Evangelical ones, but the religious outlook elsewhere is strengthened, not threatened.

    Associated Search Terms: Conflict; Plausibility structure; Cognitive minority; Students, undergraduate; Moral Majority; Evangelical, U.S.A.
  • Second Thoughts on the Presumed Fragility of Unconventional Beliefs.
    Snow, David A., and Richard Machalek (1983)
    In Eileen Barker 9ed.) Of Gods and Men. New Religious Movements in the West. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, pp. 25-44.

    Criticizes the use of the concept, plausibility structure, in studies of new religions, as being a disguised bias that blocks understanding.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Plausibility structure; New religions
  • On the Presumed Fragility of Unconventional Beliefs.
    Snow, David A., and Richard Machalek (1982)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 21:1: 15-26.

    Criticizes the use of the concept, plausibility structure, in studies of new religions, as being a disguised bias that blocks understanding.

    Associated Search Terms: New religions; Belief; Plausibility structure
  • Religious Deprogramming and Subjective Reality.
    Kim, Byong-suh (1979)
    Sociological Analysis 40:3: 197-207.

    Based on participant observation & interviews; proposes an analysis based on the subject's interaction with significant others to develop identity & plausibility change.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Anti-cult movement; Identity; Plausibility structure; Participant observation
  • Community and Commitment. Religious Plausibility in a Liberal Protestant Church.
    Roof, Wade Clark (1978)
    New York: Elsevier.

    Analyzes 1968 questionnaire data from a sample of North Carolina Episcopal Diocese lay members.

    Associated Search Terms: Episcopal; Dimensions of religiosity; Local/cosmopolitan; Privatization; Secularization; Plausibility; United States, North Carolina
  • Secolarizzazione e plausibilità della religione.
    Berger, Peter L. (1973)
    In Sabino Acquaviva and Gustavo Guizzardi (eds.), La secolarizzazione. Bologna: Il Mulino, pp. 111-113.

    Associated Search Terms: Secularization; Plausibility
  • The Sacred Canopy. Elements of a Sociological Theory of Religion.
    Berger, Peter L. (1967)
    Garden City: Doubleday.

    Definition of religion is discussed on pp. 175-177.

    Associated Search Terms: Definition of religion; Sociology of knowledge; Plausibility structure; Phenomenology
  • On Maintaining Deviant Belief Systems: A Case Study.
    Simmons, J.L. (1964)
    Social Problems 11: 250-256.

    Analyzes interview data & reviews the literature on an isolated mystic group in Appalachian Georgia.

    Associated Search Terms: Plausibility structure; Mysticism; United States, Georgia; Belief; United States, Appalachia
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