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Age and Faith: A Changing Outlook or an Old Process?

Rodney Stark
Sociological Analysis
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Spring, 1968), pp. 1-10
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/3710428
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3710428
Page Count: 10
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Age and Faith: A Changing Outlook or an Old Process?
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Abstract

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.

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