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Life with God: Some Variations of Religious Experience in a Modern City

Guy E. Swanson
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 10, No. 3 (Autumn, 1971), pp. 169-199
DOI: 10.2307/1384478
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1384478
Page Count: 31
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Life with God: Some Variations of Religious Experience in a Modern City
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Abstract

The religious experience of Christians was viewed as an interpersonal relationship between believers and God. Six aspects of that relationship appeared as orthogonal factors in responses obtained from a random sample of adults in metropolitan Detroit. All six were found in three sub-samples: black Protestants, white Protestants, and white Roman Catholics. Compensatory and evolutionary theories of religious experience were found to be of little use in explaining the variance of respondents' scores on these factors. Hypotheses derived from a sociological perspective on religious experience showed greater power in explaining that variance.

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