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Faith Matters

Title: Faith Matters : Towards a Group Theory of Evangelicals’ Role in American Politics.
Name(s): Clements, Gaberiel A, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2020-12-03
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: While scholars’ interest in the connection between white Evangelicals and conservative politics is far from new, political science as a discipline has insufficiently determined the role that religious identification has on political behavior. Because of this, I attempt to reorient scholarship on the subject by applying recent advances in political behavior, specifically Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster’s Theory of Negative Partisanship and Larry Bartels and Christopher Achens’ Group Theory of politics towards the end of developing a working theory of Evangelicals’ Group identity concerning politics. Additionally, this project draws literature from religious history alongside sociology and psychology to better determine the correlation between Evangelicals’ religious and political identities. Therefore, this project seeks to better define the American Evangelical’s effect on political behavior by examining their perceptions of the political out-group and how this informs political determinations. To accomplish this goal, this project uses the Pew Research Center’s Religion and Politics Survey from 1994-1995, 1996, 2011, 2014, and 2016 to create a time series, with which I observe the effect of Evangelical religious identification on political views over time. The project’s central hypothesis is that as religious embeddedness (attendance, affiliation, and socialization) increases, so do negative perceptions of the political out-group, leading to solidifying religious identity with conservative political identity.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1607004336_bc2dfcd7 (IID)
Keywords: political behavior, political psychology, religion and politics, evangelicalism
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Host Institution: FSU

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Clements, G. A. (2020). Faith Matters : Towards a Group Theory of Evangelicals’ Role in American Politics. Retrieved from