Influencing highly religious undergraduate perceptions of evolution: Mormons as a case study
Apparently educating Mormon undergrads about evolution or educating them about their own religion improves acceptance of evolution, as does reducing religiosity. Fuzzy. Cat. Potato! (talk/stalk) 13:08, 8 December 2015 (UTC)
The economics of religion has focussed largely on religious practice. Organizations that are stricter in terms of their practical requirements (dietary, sexual, sartorial etc.) are more successful at recruitment and retention (Iannaccone 1992). No link between doctrine and strictness has been analyzed. One question that arises is why don’t all religious organizations raise their strictness? Why aren’t Episcopalian congregations as demanding of members as Jehovah’s Witnesses?5 A sociological conception of religion is one of “a unified system of beliefs and practices” (Durkheim 1915). Our model shows how an organization’s belief system might dictate its strictness. Non-affiliation is more costly for an individual who wishes to acquire, or be seen to acquire, religious beliefs that are “further” from the mainstream belief system (e.g. creationism). Hence religious organizations that cultivate more extreme belief systems can be more extreme in terms of their practical demands of members. Episcopalian congregations are unable to raise strictness, because beliefs prevailing in mainstream society are a close substitute for their belief system.
History of creationism
Intelligently Designed: How Creationists Built the Campaign against Evolution. FᴜᴢᴢʏCᴀᴛPᴏᴛᴀᴛᴏ, Esϙᴜɪʀᴇ (talk/stalk) 21:29, 26 December 2015 (UTC)
I think this article should be at least a silver
Was there really a reason to do that? This article was apparently already judged as a good one over a long period of time and the snarky tone of the altered section fits the nature of the site. Arawn Emrys (talk)