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Religious Belief and Structure in America

Lawrence M. Hynson, Jr.
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 17, No. 3 (Spring, 1976), pp. 216-220
DOI: 10.2307/3510612
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3510612
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Abstract

Scholarly attention has been given to the change in religious belief in more industrial societies. The acceptance level of a fundamental Judeo-Christian belief (life after death) was analyzed for the three dominant religious groups. Using a 1973 survey, it was found that Catholic priests accept an after-life more frequently than Protestant ministers or Jewish rabbis. However, Protestant laity hold such a view slightly more frequently than Jewish laity. Consequently, clergy-laity differences were greatest for Jews, followed by Catholic and Protestant.

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