Assessing the impact of religion:A critical review

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Abstract

A persistent interest in the scientific study of religion has been to assess the impact of religious beliefs and values on human behavior and social structure. The methodological prerequisites for making such an assessment, including the criteria for valid causal inference, are described. Attempts by American social scientists to determine the impact of religion are evaluated in terms of the criteria. Most research fails to meet the minimal criteria for valid inference, much less the canons of causal inference.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-179
Number of pages8
JournalSociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Volume31
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1970
Externally publishedYes

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