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Value-Orientations In Catholic, Muslim And Protestant Societies

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This chapter explores the impact of three major monotheistic religions namely Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam on value orientations of individual members of society. It addresses some relevant issues that have not been recognized or sufficiently dealt with in previous research on the value priorities of Western and Muslim societies. The chapter begins with an empirical analysis in which the author compares between the value orientations that prevail in Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim societies, using the statistical model of ?one-way analysis of variance". The overall distance between the value priorities of Muslim minorities and Muslim majorities is smaller than the parallel distance among Catholics and Protestants. One may conclude that Islam appears to be the most viable of the three religions, representing a ?community of believers" the solidarity of which is based on a high level of religiosity and shared sociopolitical values.

Keywords: Catholicism; Muslim societies; Protestants

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