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How Christian Students In Tamil Nadu Think About Power-Driven Religious Conflicts: A Meaning-System Approach

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This chapter presents research into the public significance of religion as a violent force in a specific country: India. Religion can have public significance in two ways: in a socio-cultural way through the beliefs, attitudes and actions of its followers and in an institutional way. The chapter takes the first approach: religious believers can hold certain ideas that motivate them to support violent conflicts against members of other religious groups. It discusses the meaning system approach to religion as a theoretical perspective to study the relationship between religion and conflict. The chapter presents the measuring instruments, sample and data-collection and the conceptual model and design of data analysis. Christian students agree more with the concept of power-driven religious conflicts if they have a lower positive ingroup attitude and a higher level of negative attitude toward Hindus.

Keywords: Christian students; Hindu; India; power-driven religious conflicts



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