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Why are Women more Religious than Men?

Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce


Women are more religious than men. Despite being excluded from leadership positions, in almost every culture and religious tradition, women are more likely than men to pray, to worship, and to claim that their faith is important to them. Women also dominate the world of ‘New Age’ spirituality and are far more superstitious than men. This book reviews the now-sizeable body of social research to consider if the gender gap in religion is indeed universal. It critiques competing explanations of such differences as we find. It concludes that the gender gap is not the result of biology but is rather ... More

Keywords: gender, religion, difference, universal, birth, death, illness, health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199608102
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608102.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marta Trzebiatowska, author
Lecturer in Sociology, University of Aberdeen

Steve Bruce, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen