Scared into Church? Conceptions of God, Exclusivity, and Religious Practice in the United States

  • Christopher D. Bader
  • Ashley Palmer


This chapter looks at the relationship between concepts of God and how active persons are in churches today. They posit that more exclusivist concepts of God will engender greater participation in church/religious life with respect to both private and public life. That is, people who see God as potentially excluding persons from eternal rewards who do not meet specific standards in this life will also cause these people to observe religious teachings in practices in both public and private circumstances.


Religious Belief Religious Practice Religious Tradition Church Attendance General Social Survey 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher D. Bader
    • 1
  • Ashley Palmer
    • 2
  1. 1.Chapman UniversityOrangeUSA
  2. 2.Baylor UniversityWacoUSA

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