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The Nature-Nurture Debate Is over, and Both Sides Lost! Implications for Understanding Gender Differences in Religiosity

Citation

Bradshaw, Matt & Ellison, Christopher G. (2009). The Nature-Nurture Debate Is over, and Both Sides Lost! Implications for Understanding Gender Differences in Religiosity. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48(2), 241-251. PMCID: PMC3496798

Abstract

In the debate about biological dispositions or differential sex-role socialization, too much emphasis is given to an either- or dichotomy. We argue that the higher religiosity of women is likely the product of both biological and environmental influences by discussing: (1) the fallacy of nature "versus" nurture; (2) biological influences on religious outcomes; (3) biological influences on the predictors of religious involvement; (4) causality and confounding in social science; and (5) interdisciplinary models of biology-environment interplay.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2009.01443.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2009

Journal Title

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Author(s)

Bradshaw, Matt
Ellison, Christopher G.

PMCID

PMC3496798