Orestes Brownson: The Psychology of Religious Affiliation

The career of Orestes Brownson, who roamed from church to church during his adult life, provides rich data for the study of religious affiliation. We suggest that the need to affiliate with religious groups can be best understood by noting how related personal and social factors interact to influenc...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Main Author: Capps, Donald 1939- (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Wiley-Blackwell [1968]
In: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Further subjects:B Roman Catholic Church
B Sons
B Universalism
B Religious Identity
B Protestantism
B Church Fathers
B Author affiliation
B Mothers
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Summary:The career of Orestes Brownson, who roamed from church to church during his adult life, provides rich data for the study of religious affiliation. We suggest that the need to affiliate with religious groups can be best understood by noting how related personal and social factors interact to influence affiliation behavior. Thus Brownson relied on his religious affiliations to reverse the disrupting effects of his personal lack of parental guidance in a social climate of confusing religious controversy. His Catholic conversion was the direct result of the tendency of his Protestant affiliations to intensify rather than mitigate these early frustrations.
ISSN:1468-5906
Reference:Kritik in "Comments on Donald Capps' Interpretations of Orestes Brownson (1969)"
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1384627