Research on the relation
between religion and prejudice is well summarized by Gordon Allport: "The
role of religion is paradoxical. It makes prejudice and it unmakes
prejudice." In your opinion, do you agree, and, if so, why might this be
Read On Psychology of
Prejudice, and explain your opinion. Who might be more prejudiced, one with
intrinsic faith or one with extrinsic faith?
Assume that an individual
engages in behaviors that are in conflict with their stated religious beliefs,
and they experience dissonance. What impact might this have on their beliefs?
What might allow people to productively resolve that dissonance?