Religious diversity and religious vitality: New measuring strategies and empirical evidence

Krech, Volkhard ; Hero, Markus ; Huber, Stefan ; Ketola, Kimmo ; Traunmüller, Richard

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2013
The title of a journal, publication series: Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion : IJRR
Volume: 9
Issue number: Article 3
Page range: 1-21
Place of publication: Waco, TX
Publishing house: Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor Univ.
ISSN: 1556-3723
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: Quantitative studies of the conditions and consequences of religious diversity are based mostly on indices that measure the variety of religious membership in a particular region. However, this line of research has become stagnant, and the question of whether diversity affects religious vitality remains unanswered. This article attempts to shed new light on the discussion by measuring religious diversity differently and capturing religious vitality independently of membership figures. In particular, it contrasts the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index based on membership proportions with a second measure of diversity: an index of organizational diversity. Conversely, the dependent variable religious vitality is measured not by using rates of participation in religious organizations but via the Centrality of Religion Scale. Based on ecological and individual level data of forty-three local regions in Finland, Germany, and Slovenia and using multilevel analysis, our results suggest that religious diversity is related to religious vitality. However, the nature of this association differs across subgroups.
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