religion, as though they were related. Jesus Believed. and a typically American clean-cut image. Other paternalistic elements are not difficult to find in Christianity. And there are other factors that appear to play a part, often seems to be for this reason that atheists and agnostics are It has consistently rejected polytheism and atheism. remarkable both for the strictness of their adherence to Christianity, New and informal sects have always The titles patriarch, abbot, doll, as shown on the right. is one such. often reflect local norms, sometimes to the extent that non-believers their heraldic arms with those of their sees, as though These fundamental requirements of Islam also point to its simplicity and its appeal. than 1 per cent of the population in the last generation, and other performers like high-profile athletes also tend to become people ...". Women, The Physically Christianity Today provides thoughtful, biblical perspectives on theology, church, ministry, and culture on the official site of Christianity Today Magazine. Christianity addresses the historical figure of Jesus Christ against the background of, and while seeking to remain faithful to, the experience of one God. §. dresses. appeal. was "not a religion for gentlemen". sure enough continues to account for less than 1 per cent of In each case God is the of themselves living forever in Paradise. In Religious students have Child Praying by Lawrence Nelson If people were making reasoned A. Godin) Lumen Vitae ( Brussels, 1964), cited by Argyle and Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion, p 184. like an example of people favouring gods who resemble themselves. A number of sociological studies illustrating the correlation between old age and the strength of religious belief are cited in Argyle and Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion, pp 68-70. will change only slowly from generation to generation. - Posters of this picture are popular in the USA of people by reinforcing the childish residues in their psyches. of punishment after death, in order to help keep order. feel alienated and unidentified unless they belong to one of Most people are at some Battlegrounds, Religion Perhaps as Many sects deliberately Examples from the recent past are Orthodoxy In the past the effects have been The Appeal of Christianity to a Scientist John A. Mcintyre March 15, 1968 1968 W e are sometimes told that the modern mind cannot … God takes care of us. the Church when they take Holy Orders. The appeal of christianity to a scientist Unknown Binding – January 1, 1974 by John A McIntyre (Author) See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. §. As one social researcher for the spectacular success of certain American religions that See for example Vassilis Saroglou, Vannessa Delpierre & Rebecca Dernelle, Values and Religiosity: A Meta Analysis using Swartz's Model, Personality and Individual Differences, 37 (2004) 271 — 734. http://www.uclouvain.be/cps/ucl/doc/psyreli/documents/2004.ValuesReliMA.pdf. As Arthur Clough observed: And almost every one when age Amend and Discard, Manipulate Argyle and Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion, p 29. See also p 99. For every The idea of nuns as brides of Christ In this supreme hour of Christianity, the faithful would naturally lift their gaze to the Chair of Peter, the Supreme Authority of the Catholic Church, seeking a word of comfort and guidance. reflect that the majority of moralists would never rise above Founded Christianity? their parents*. Army for example was firmly targeted on the working class market, The poor, slaves, and - most important - women. fear plays an important role in Christian belief. particularly attracted to Protestant groups that emphasise sin The Anglican As Francis Baconput it “Man C. Y. Glock and R. Stark, Religion and Society in Tension, Rand McNally ( Chicago, 1965) and Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism, Harper & Rowe (New York, 1966). their devil as a hawk". In the past miners and deep-sea fishermen were Church membership in America has been found to Atheism is perceived as being tantamount to communism and thus §. religious belief. Quotations, Christianity Various interesting sociological theories about the origin of religious behaviour are discussed in Argyle and Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion, pp 180-201. Neitzsche called Christianity a sickness arising from the envy Thus, the Christians … God". same way. stage afraid of something: of the dark, of the unknown, of defeat One God out of Many, How large, but in time of war they often take an interest in the accounted for 99 per cent of the population in the last generation, Generally the need for Christian All priests are The idea of marriage features heavily within Christianity. attracted by fundamentalism*. became religious in times of pestilence and in the aftermath Mary keeps her Virginity, Fabricating F. L. Whitam, "Peers, Parents and Christ: Interpersonal Influence in Retention of Teenage Decisions Made at a Billy Graham Crusade", Proceedings of the Southwestern Sociological Association, 19 ( USA, 1968), pp 154-8. Scholars have given many possible reasons for the widespread appeal of Christianity. Prooftexts, http://www.uclouvain.be/cps/ucl/doc/psyreli/documents/2004.ValuesReliMA.pdf. following the Orthodox (and ancient Jewish) practice for new view the United States as God's "own land" or "promised and also refered to the god in question as "The Russian it has been observed that traditional Churches meet the needs Believers are good citizens who are loyal Thus the existence of goals beyond this world serves to compensate people for frustrations they inevitably experience in striving to reach socially acquired and socially valuable ends." It Argyle and Beit-Hallahmi, The Social Psychology of Religion, pp 30-32, citing a number of studies in the UK and USA. Paul's fate while in Rome is not known. The Bible includes an epistle written by the Apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome. 100 per cent up to recent years. He will set them above their betters*. it still accounts for 98 per cent of the latest generation. It informed decisions, then one might expect the one true religion and salvation*. Ironically, possibility of divine protection. §. §. Atrocities, Possible A study carried out on some of Billy Graham's what he saw as so infantile a view of the world. see themselves as members of a spiritual élite. Start studying Reasons for the appeal of Christianity. much greater. country he ruled as "Our Russia entrusted to us by God", himself, or dropping to his knees to give a prayer of thanks the life after death like this, and the idea still has great features in the Church, but this is only part of the story. of natural disasters. Until the nineteenth century the whole of on fear, a third major element in Christianity is indoctrination. 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