Religious Belief and Attitude Constraint

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In recent years, both the Moral Majority and the American Catholic Bishops have taken positions on diverse public issues, presenting these issues as coherent packages with single, underlying rationales. This study investigated the extent to which members of the mass public regard these issues as parts of more general gestalts. This was accomplished by examining the levels of constraint exhibited by members of different denominational groups. No religious group exhibited a high level of attitude consistency, but religiosity was related to attitude constraint among Evangelicals across a range of sex role and sexuality issues.


Catholics; Bishops; Evangelicalism; Sex roles; Sex


American Politics | Catholic Studies | Political Science | Religion


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