Week 9: Religion
Religion and Society
Associations: Religion and Social Class
According to the General Social Survey (GSS) by the University of Berkeley, upper class people’s religions are mostly Protestants, Catholics, and Jewish making up 84.3%, with none weighing in at 12.5%. All other classes mostly consist of Protestants, Catholics, or none. The Jewish religion mostly consists of the upper class, while all other religions are pretty much even in the amount of people from all classes including no religion.
Associations: Religion and Race
The majority of blacks, 80.2%, claim to be Protestants (GSS). These high percentages are due to the church playing a central roll in the lives of black people. No other secular institution has helped the black community so much, providing a psychological and social haven from hostility and marginalization, social networking, community involvement, self-help and political activism (Conley 609). Blacks have the largest percentage in the Protestant religions and the least having no religion, 7.9%, followed by Catholic at 7.4%. All other religions total 4.4 % of the black population. White people are 56.6% Protestant, 27.2% Catholic, and 10.8% no religion. Only 2.3% are Jewish, and all other religions have a combined percentage of 3. All other races are 45.8% Catholic, 24.4% Protestant, and 14.4% have no religion which is the highest of the races. Other races have the most people in different religions than Protestants, Catholics, and Jewish, with 15.5% (GSS).
Associations: Religion and Gender
According to the General Social Survey, women express a stronger religious affiliation than men, while men are more likely than women to not have any religious affiliations. Women have a more absolute belief in God, pray more often, and attend worship services more often than men . Conservative faiths contribute to gender inequality. Women with traditional religious beliefs are less interested...
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