Church Members' Ignorance of Doctrinal Pluralism: A Probable Source of Church Cohesion

Glock and Stark have argued that theological pluralism in local church congregations seldom leads to conflict since members tend to associate with like-minded congregants and thus remain unaware of the extent of theological diversity. This research tests and provides empirical support for part of th...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Main Author: Stauffer, Robert E. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [1973]
In:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Year: 1973, Volume: 12, Issue: 3, Pages: 345-348
Further subjects:B Orthodox Church
B Churches
B Questionnaires
B Church congregations
B Pastors
B Orthodoxy
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Summary:Glock and Stark have argued that theological pluralism in local church congregations seldom leads to conflict since members tend to associate with like-minded congregants and thus remain unaware of the extent of theological diversity. This research tests and provides empirical support for part of this argument. Specifically, members of two doctrinally heterogeneous but apparently cohesive churches were found to perceive the beliefs of the majority of their congregation to be similar to their own, suggesting that ignorance of pluralism probably does exist.
ISSN:1468-5906
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1384434