Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Ted G. Jelen
Number of Pages
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.
Analysis; Attitudes; Church; Comparative; Issue; Norway; State; United States
Political science; Religion
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Rasmussen, Bryan Arlon Smith, "A comparative analysis of church and state issue attitudes in the United States and Norway" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1339.