The social sciences have shown time and time again that people’s beliefs are generally more nuanced than they appear to be. Believers in a particular cause or ideology may have core values in common with their group, but when they get a chance to illustrate their personal preferences in detail, most of them employ a sliding scale with variations.
A Welcome Relief
For most of us, knowing that serves as a welcome relief. People are not homogenous; their beliefs are more varied than they appear to be. Enter any group, and you will find slight variations on the overall theme. Christianity in the USA is a great example. There are over a thousand denominations, but everyone still calls themselves a Christian. Furthermore, within small church groups, you will find differences in belief.