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Aberdeen sociologists investigate mystery of female religiosity. Matthew Reisz reports

Two sociologists have set out to explain the mystery of why women almost everywhere seem to be more religious than men.

Given that “all the major world religions have…been intensely patriarchal”, argue Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce – lecturer and professor in sociology at the University of Aberdeen, respectively – women’s well-evidenced greater religiosity might seem paradoxical.

Although it “may not be as counter-intuitive as turkeys voting for Christmas”, they write, “it certainly seems similar to manual workers voting for conservative … parties”.

Their new book, Why Are Women More Religious Than Men?, attempts to find the reasons for this predisposition.

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