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Age and Faith: A Changing Outlook or an Old Process?
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1968), pp. 1-10
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3710428
Page Count: 10
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It has long been widely believed that personal religious commitment increases with age, partly because of anxiety over death. Past evidence has lent support to this notion. However, it is also believed that secularization has been going on in our society, hence these correlations may reflect social change rather than increases in piety associated with aging. This paper attempts to resolve these different interpretations and reports distinct evidence for both hypotheses depending on the aspect of religious commitment examined.
Sociological Analysis © 1968 Association for the Sociology of Religion, Inc.