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Denominational and Racial and Ethnic Differences in Fatalism

Cardell K. Jacobson
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 41, No. 1 (Autumn, 1999), pp. 9-20
DOI: 10.2307/3512424
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3512424
Page Count: 12
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Denominational and Racial and Ethnic Differences in Fatalism
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Abstract

Social scientists have long been interested in the relationship between religion and various measures of fatalism. Theodicies, or religious explanations for negative (and positive) outcomes in life, suggest that religion and religiosity should be related to measures of fatalism. Race and ethnicity have also been linked to fatalistic attitudes. In this paper I examine the relationship between religious denomination, religiosity, race/ethnicity and a measure of fatalism. The data are from Wave I of the national survey Americans Changing Lives, a national probability sample of 3617 people that includes an oversample of African Americans. The results indicate that both denominational types and race and ethnicity continue to be related in important ways to the measure of fatalism. The differences remain strong even when age, gender, income, education, and socio-economic status of occupations are controlled statistically.

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