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Psychopathology and Religious Commitment
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 12, No. 3, Deviance, Change, and Religion (Spring, 1971), pp. 165-176
Published by: Religious Research Association, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510420
Page Count: 12
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The notion that there is a positive association between psychopathology and religious commitment is a hoary proposition handed down from the founding fathers even unto the nth generation of social scientists. But is it true? It seems unlikely to be true on logical and theoretical grounds. Furthermore, an assessment of the relevant empirical literature reveals that, although many of the studies have been of low quality, the weight of findings is against the proposition. A variety of new systematic data are presented. These suggest that the proposition is not simply false, but the opposite of the truth.
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