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Individual Religiosity, Religious Context, and the Creation of Social Trust in Germany

  • Richard Traunmüller
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    This contribution examines the role of religion as source of social trust. Going beyond the scope of the existing literature, I jointly evaluate the effect of individual religiosity and regional religious context by means of multilevel analysis. The results suggest that there is a double positive effect of Protestantism: Not only do Protestants tend to be more trusting, but a Protestant context also increases one’s trust – regardless of individual religious beliefs. Furthermore, while church attendance is a powerful predictor for social trust, a context effect for regional levels of devoutness could not be detected. Lastly, religious diversity is not shown to decrease social trust.

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    Volume (Year): 129 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 357-365

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