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Title: The unintended consequences of religious suppression: understanding the growth of suppressed religions
Authors: Lu, Paul Yunfeng (盧云峰)
Department: Department of Applied Social Studies
Issue Date: Oct-2004
Award: Won the Best Student Paper Award in the 2004 SSSR Annual Meeting organized by The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Type: Article
Abstract: This paper develops a model that seeks to understand the vitality of suppressed religions in a highly restricted surrounding. Suppression can bring some unintended consequences. First, repression can induce suppressed religions to create adaptive doctrines which are helpful to increase the supply of other-worldly rewards; second, persecution can make religions adopt institutional innovations to sustain their networks, to keep the followers’ morale and to avoid detection; the sustained networks make massive recruitment possible; third, suppression is helpful to reduce the risk of religious goods offered; and finally, suppression can mitigate free-riding through creating a social barrier that filters out half-hearted members. All of these unanticipated consequences of religious suppression, which fall out of the prediction of religious regulators, contribute to the vitality of suppressed religion.
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