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  • Between 1990-2010, liberal/moderate  Christian denominations lost  

  • followers while conservative and stricter  denominations like Evangelicals held strong.

  • A theory called Strict church  theory suggests that people join  

  • strict religious communities for the  quantifiable benefits of their piety.

  • According to economist Laurence Iannacconepeople considered a better religion to  

  • be more costly to produce and consumesignaling stronger commitment and loyalty.

  • The theory suggests that by imposing  stringent rules, costs, and sanctions,  

  • these groups create a strong sense  of community and identity, filtering  

  • out free riders and fostering  cooperation among members.

  • However, Critics argue that the  theory oversimplifies religious  

  • experience and is subjected to  selection bias and ethnocentrism.

  • Recent data also suggested the religious  landscape in the United States is not  

  • predominantly dominated by conservatives  but is influenced by various factors,  

  • presenting a complex and nuanced picture while  not necessarily defying the strict church theory.

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Between 1990-2010, liberal/moderate  Christian denominations lost  

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