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Rational Choice Theory. Humans Are “Rational Actors” . . . we make choices that we think are best by calculating the costs and benefits associated with our decisions. Components Of The Theory. Rational does not mean “unemotional” Rational decisions aren’t always based on complete information

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Rational choice theory

Rational Choice Theory

Humans Are “Rational Actors” . . . we make choices that we think are best by calculating the costs and benefits associated with our decisions.


Components of the theory
Components Of The Theory

  • Rational does not mean “unemotional”

  • Rational decisions aren’t always based on complete information

  • Bad decisions might be rational decisions . . again and againand againand againand againand againand again and again and again

  • “No decision” is still a rational decision

  • These decisions are made in a “sacred economy.”

  • Economists think this is predictable. In a small nod to psychology, sociologists don’t agree . . . but on very different grounds


Why go to a church that expects you
Why Go To A Church That Expects You . . . .

to attend bible study services every Tuesday and Thursday night from 6-8pm

to come to prayer services on Friday for 2 hours

to spend one Saturday each month knocking on doors to tell people about God and canvas for donations

to spend most of your Sunday in another church “meeting”

to not celebrate Christmas or Easter or Thanksgiving

to not celebrate your 13th, 15th, 18th, 21st, 30th, 50th, or any other birthday

to let your mother die if she needs a blood transfusion

to be teased because you can’t say the pledge of allegiance in school

to abandon the right to vote for or against Obama in 2012

to disown your son if he has a child out of wedlock or goes to jail


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