Why People Become Exclusivists

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The reasons why people become exclusivists are many and diverse. Wuthnow shares a common social view which he is judgmental of. There is a view in society that those that are ignorant, dependent, and absolutely isolated from the rest of the world. However, Wuthnow believes this does not allude to the actual complexities. First, because almost all exclusivists are perfectly aware of other religions and have a general idea of their beliefs (163). Second, that often diversity, for the exclusivist if framed through the lenses of salvation for them and lack of salvation for others (164). What Wuthnow means by this frame of salvation is that when an exclusivist views other religions it is put in the frame of I’m going to achieve salvation (because
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