Religious market theory

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Religious market theory

Stark and Bainbridge advocate religious market theory (also called rational choice theory). They criticise secularistion theory for its 'distorted view' of the past and future : there was no past 'golden age' of religion, nor is it likely that everyone will be an atheist in the future.

Stark and Bainbridge base religious market theory on 2 assumptions:

1) People are naturally religious and religion meets human needs

2) People make rational choices based on the costs and benefits of the available religious options.

A02- Religious market theory is a critique of secularisation theory, which they see as eurocentric and failing to explain religions continuing vitality

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