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For the Wrath of God: Fatalism and Images of God in Violent Regions of the World

sociology-of-religionJournal abstract

Research has found that individuals use religion to understand one’s fate in life, which in turn impacts health outcomes. This may be particularly relevant in high conflict/violent regions of the world, where religious beliefs may be a particular important means to cope with one’s future in the wake of violence, instability, and uncertainty. In this article, we examine the role of images of God in predicting level of fatalism among individuals in the high-conflict region of the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia) utilizing data from the 2012 Caucasus Barometer. We find that conceptions of God as judgmental prove to be the only consistent, religious predictor of fatalism across the three nations.