Essay about the the reasons people switch their religion/faith
By Brandon J. Gele, Spring 2016
I wrote an essay about the motivational factors that lead to someone making the decision to switch their current religious affiliation. This topic is very interesting, as nearly half of American adults have changed their religion at least once. The three main factors that I analyzed were marital status, a change in education, and a change in geography. I include multiple academic sources that support and give statistics regarding these factors. For instance, I included a study conducted using research from the National Survey of Family and Households that found that there is a 62% increased chance in changing one's religion if a child goes through a parental divorce. After conducting my research, I found that marriage is the biggest cause in motivating someone to change his/her faith. A higher level of education can lead to a higher religious attendance, as well as a change in geographical region can dictate whether to switch one's faith or to stay practicing the current one. After reading this paper It should be clear that these three factors are extremely important when looking at religious mobility.