Award Date

1-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Political Science

First Committee Member

Ted G. Jelen

Number of Pages

88

Abstract

This study looks at the effect that the relationship between church and state has on the people of Norway and the United States. It is a study of political culture and socialization that compares the role of the established state church in Norway to the "Wall of Separation" that exists in the United States; Public opinion data is obtained from the World Values Survey and presented in terms of the current Accommodationist/Separationist debate. The most important variable in determining issue attitudes turns out to be whether or not a person attends church regularly, and not their denominational identity. The study also shows that while the established church is an effective as a direct agent of socialization, it seems to quell religiosity. On the contrary, the religious marketplace promotes religiosity, while limiting Christianity's ability to socialize.

Keywords

Analysis; Attitudes; Church; Comparative; Issue; Norway; State; United States

Controlled Subject

Political science; Religion

File Format

pdf

File Size

2232.32 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/4k9q-rno7


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