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Aaron Scherer, University of Iowa

(Religious) Ideology as Motivated Social Cognition
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 11:30am
E104 Seashore Hall

ABSTRACT:  Research from political psychology suggests that a person's adoption of a conservative or liberal political ideology is rooted in the extent to which they feel a need to maintain certainty, perceive and respond to threats, and establish and maintain strong group boundaries. I will discuss some research that provides evidence that the adoption of a traditional (re: conservative) or progressive (re: liberal) religious ideology may be rooted in a similar need to satisfy these key epistemic, existential, and relational motivations, which may help explain the extensive overlap between a person's political and religious ideological orientations.