Senior Project Advisor
desire to affiliate, Christians, Catholics, atheists, agnostics, social dominance orientation, agreeableness, openness to experience, conservatism, religious commitment, fundamentalism
With the tremendous rise in the prevalence of atheism and agnosticism in the U.S. in the past several years, it becomes more important than ever to assess intergroup relations between the Christian majority and the rapidly increasing atheist and agnostic minority. This study assesses personal factors that correlate with various levels of participant desire to affiliate with Christians (Progressive Protestants, Conservative Protestants, and Catholics) and the unaffiliated (atheists and agnostics) within a convenience sample. Participant factors studied included political conservatism, agreeableness, openness, social dominance orientation, and religious commitment. While low desire to affiliate is a poor representative of all forms of discrimination, conservative Protestants were found to be the target group the sample was least likely to affiliate with, affirming a type of discrimination that exists against Conservative protestants in the sample. Future research may investigate more religious groups and more participant factors so as to uncover more relevant predictors of discrimination on the basis of affiliation.
Wall, Lucas, "Christians and the Irreligious: What is Associated with Religious Bias Between Groups?" (2022). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 565.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Commitment (Psychology)--Religious aspects; Intergroup relations--Religious aspects; Christianity and atheism; Agnosticism
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