Contra Iannaccone’s “Sacrifice and Stigma…”

Iannaccone, 1989, Sacrifice and Stigma… runs contra empirical data. The traditional definition of a sect is a small religious offshoot. On this definition, empirically successful sects do not engage in sacrifice and stigma. Where success is defined as growth in membership and revenue. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Adventists aren’t successful and they do have stigma. … Read more Contra Iannaccone’s “Sacrifice and Stigma…”