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dc.contributor.authorGries, Peter
dc.contributor.authorSu, Jenny
dc.contributor.authorSchak, David
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:10:54Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:10:54Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.date.modified2013-06-07T04:26:28Z
dc.identifier.issn0021-8294
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1468-5906.2012.01683.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/51302
dc.description.abstractThis article argues that zero-sum, forced-choice approaches to measuring religious belief do not work well outside of the Abrahamic world. Positive-sum approaches to measuring religious beliefs (in the plural) are better suited to the study of polytheistic societies. Using results from a nationally representative survey conducted in 2011 Taiwan, we demonstrate that in a polytheistic society like Taiwan, religious belief is not zero sum. We also contrast our results with those of the Taiwan Social Change Survey (TSCS), and seek to show that our positive-sum approach to measuring religious beliefs can help us better understand the disparate causes and consequences of different religious beliefs in polytheistic societies. The challenge of Christocentrism in quantitative studies of religion is also discussed.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwell
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom623
dc.relation.ispartofpageto637
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
dc.relation.ispartofvolume51
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchSociological methodology and research methods
dc.subject.fieldofresearchReligious studies
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode4410
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode441006
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode5004
dc.titleToward the Scientific Study of Polytheism: Beyond Forced-Choice Measures of Religious Belief
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.date.issued2012
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorSchak, David C.


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