Explaining differences in philanthropic behavior between Christians, Muslims, and Hindus in the Netherlands

C.L. Carabain, R.H.F.P. Bekkers

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Abstract

Using survey data from the Netherlands, we find that Muslims have relatively high levels of religious philanthropic behavior and relatively low levels of secular philanthropic behavior, whereas Hindus have relatively low levels of religious philanthropic behavior and higher levels of secular philanthropic behavior. Results indicate that the community explanation and the conviction explanation of the relationship between religion and philanthropic behavior are both valid to some extent when it comes to differences in philanthropic behavior between Christians, Muslims, and Hindus. In addition, we find a relationship between group orientation in worship rituals on the relation between religion and philanthropic behavior. The more group-oriented the worship rituals, the stronger the relation between religion and philanthropic behavior. The results suggest that Durkheim's theory (La Suicide: Etude de Sociologie. Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 1897) may only be valid in a Christian context. © 2011 Religious Research Association, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-440
JournalReview of Religious Research
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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