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Notes from week 15 - Kelly Young Soci 101 9 AM Notes from...

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Kelly Young 11/30/09 Soci 101, 9 AM Notes from “Keeping the Faith” Article: Carr, Deborah. 2008. "Keeping the Faith". Contexts 2(1): 52-53. This article talks how religion used to a private belief that was not discussed and now causes controversy because of how much it is discussed. Religion is tied to politics which is another controversial conversation topic. The debates involve what is called the culture war thesis. Thesis - political conflict results from the conflicting values of traditionalists and progressives—view the intensifying conservatism of evangelical Christians over the past two decades as responsible for the election of other anti-stem cell research, anti-choice, anti-gay marriage candidates. All of these topics cause problems between candidates and in discussion of morals, values and most importantly the religion these political candidates are representing. The article questions if religious views really affect what political views you hold and vice versa. Durkheim studied the relationship between religion and suicide in 1897. This was an investigated how religious beliefs and practices shape daily lives. The results from this research suggest that demographic characteristics do somewhat influence political views, however it is hard to track this theory over time. The U.S. census bureau does not collect information on religious views. The General Social survey does record this however, and showed that religion in America has changed very little since the 1970s. Since 1972, conservative Protestants have accounted for roughly 20 percent to 30 percent of the U.S. population, mainline Protestants for 35 percent to 40 percent
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Kelly Young 11/30/09 Soci 101, 9 AM Catholics for about one-quarter, Jews for about 2 percent to 3 percent. The category that has fluctuated most is the proportion claiming to have “no religion,” with figures ranging from 5 percent to 15 percent annually. Education has also shown to have patterns that parallel with religious affiliation. No religion and Jews have high rates of college graduation, while [protestants have to lowest rates. Pronounced differences exist since the past decade about attitudes towards rising crime rates. Conservative Protestants are most likely to want more money channeled toward fighting crime, followed by mainline Protestants and Catholics. Jews and those with no religion are the least likely to demand funding for crime- fighting programs. “Keeping the Faith” Response: After I read this article, I started to think about my own religious beliefs and what categories I would fall under in the GSS. I would be an outlier in a couple of the findings; however, what surprised me the most was the education information. I wonder if within the protestant category if different denominations make a difference in education level and if one denomination could be bringing down the whole category. I also wonder if conservative
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