Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

Living Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming


  • Dianne Dentice
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27771-9_200026-1

The basic tenets of Christianity emphasize love and forgiveness for one’s neighbor. Many people who study the Bible and are identified as Christian believe the premise of equality for all God’s people, no matter the race. According to Douthat (2012, p. 2), every human culture is religious, and religion informs what individuals believe about some ultimate spiritual reality. Douthat’s hypothesis argues that the problem with America is neither too much nor too little religion, but rather bad religion (p. 3). He points out that many evangelical Christians believe that the United States is in decline because the nation’s leaders strayed from the original covenant with God that insured a Christian nation. Other, more mainstream Christians believe that America is a product of Enlightenment secularism (Goldberg 2007, p. 27). The focus of neither religious perspective is centered on race.

Within the ideological world of Christian Identity, an extremist religion associated with the white...


Human Group Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Identity Minister Nonwhite Group Christian Identity 
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  1. 1.Stephen F. Austin State UniversityNacogdochesUSA