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Religious Value Priming, Threat, and Political Tolerance

Djupe, P. A. and B. R. Calfano (2012). “Religious Value Priming, Threat, and Political Tolerance.” Political Research Quarterly.
The exploration of the religious underpinnings of intolerance has long focused on the effects of religious behaviors and beliefs, but has ignored a variety of important facets of the religious experience that should bear on tolerance judgments: elite communication, religious values about how the world should be ordered, and social networks in churches. We focus on the communication of religious values and argue specifically that values should affect threat judgments and thus affect tolerance judgments indirectly. We test these assertions using data gathered in a survey experiment and find that priming exclusive religious values augments threat and thus reduces tolerance.

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