Title

A Structural Examination of Religion

Abstract

If one adopts a definition of religion that emphasizes its function, as in coping with chaos or in expressing ultimate concern (rather than the forms which serve such functions in one system or another), the more crucial measurement question becomes "How is a person religious?" rather than "How religious is he?" Following the analogy of structural linguistics or of natural history, an exploratory effort was made, with open-ended, non-doctrinal questions to tap the natural expression of ultimate concern among a college sample. Students did indicate overwhelmingly their inclinations to pursue basic, permanent questions. Those most expressing such concerns were most likely to belong to groups formed to address such concerns.

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date

1-1-1969

Publication Title

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.2307/1385257

Language

English

Format

text

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