A Model of Religion and Death

33 Pages Posted: 31 Aug 2014 Last revised: 15 Jul 2015

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Derek Pyne

Thompson Rivers University - School of Business and Economics

Date Written: August 15, 2014

Abstract

This paper provides a rationale for several empirical findings regarding religion. The main one is between religion and the fear of death. Some empirical evidence indicates moderately religious individuals fear death more than either atheists or extremely religious individuals. The model also explains the positive relationship often found between religious activity (e.g. church attendance) and age. It also provides an explanation of the positive relationship between education and religious activity despite a negative relationship between education and religious belief.

Keywords: Fear, Death, Anxiety, Religion

JEL Classification: Z12

Suggested Citation

Pyne, Derek, A Model of Religion and Death (August 15, 2014). Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 39, No. 1, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2481287

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