Religion in the face of uncertainty: An uncertainty-identity theory account of religiousness

Hogg, Michael A., Adelman, Janice R. and Blagg, Robert D. (2010) Religion in the face of uncertainty: An uncertainty-identity theory account of religiousness. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 14 1: 72-83. doi:10.1177/1088868309349692


Author Hogg, Michael A.
Adelman, Janice R.
Blagg, Robert D.
Title Religion in the face of uncertainty: An uncertainty-identity theory account of religiousness
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1088-8683
1532-7957
Publication date 2010-02
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1088868309349692
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 72
End page 83
Total pages 12
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract The authors characterize religions as social groups and religiosity as the extent to which a person identifies with a religion, subscribes to its ideology or worldview, and conforms to its normative practices. They argue that religions have attributes that make them well suited to reduce feelings of self-uncertainty. According to uncertainty-identity theory, people are motivated to reduce feelings of uncertainty about or reflecting on self; and identification with groups, particularly highly entitative groups, is a very effective way to reduce uncertainty. All groups provide belief systems and normative prescriptions related to everyday life. However, religions also address the nature of existence, invoking sacred entities and associated rituals and ceremonies. They are entitative groups that provide a moral compass and rules for living that pervade a person’s life, making them particularly attractive in times of uncertainty. The authors document data supporting their analysis and discuss conditions that transform religiosity into religious zealotry and extremism.
Keyword Self
Identity
Social identity
Group processes
Intergroup relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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