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"There's something about strictness, a call to commitment, to people ready-made for conversions. Some come from [looser] traditions to form a nation of seekers," Mr. Stuart said. "It seems to me that the decline of the more moderate churches that might be good on intellectual grounds ... is because they are not particularly attractive to people seeking an answer to their sense of ennui and frustration."
The growth of religions whose adherents are usually highly committed to rituals and practice might be attributed to a search for structure in an unstable world, said William T. Stuart, anthropology professor at the University of Maryland in College Park.