A Bayesian model of religious conversion

A Bayesian model of religious conversion The Economics of Religion literature is of two minds on whether conversion is more likely to occur between close or distant religions. The religious capital model suggests that conversion should involve sufficiently close religions whereas cognitive considerations suggest that conversion should involve sufficiently distant religions. We reconcile these seemingly contradictory insights about conversion for the class of non-instrumental, intrinsically motivated conversions within a Bayesian framework. We show that religious conversion should involve moderately distant religions. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

A Bayesian model of religious conversion

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-011-9615-x
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Abstract

The Economics of Religion literature is of two minds on whether conversion is more likely to occur between close or distant religions. The religious capital model suggests that conversion should involve sufficiently close religions whereas cognitive considerations suggest that conversion should involve sufficiently distant religions. We reconcile these seemingly contradictory insights about conversion for the class of non-instrumental, intrinsically motivated conversions within a Bayesian framework. We show that religious conversion should involve moderately distant religions.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 5, 2011

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