ERIC Number: ED306533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Beliefs and Religious Behaviors in Fundamentalist Christian and College Students.
Wrobel, Thomas A.; Stogner, Brian L.
It has been suggested that current measures used in investigating religion are a mixture of questions concerning values, beliefs, and behaviors and are mixed in their factorial purity. Another difficulty is that there is a relative lack of research on different religions and their specific beliefs. The present study utilized a scale of homogeneous focus in order to delineate the beliefs and religious activities of a group of fundamentalistic Christians as compared to a control sample of college students. The subjects included students (N=44) enrolled in a fundamentalistic Christian bible study group and students (N=73) enrolled in undergraduate psychology courses. The two groups were administered the revised, Likert version of the Walker and Wrobel (1987) Scale of Theistic Beliefs, a modified form of the Brown and Lowe (1951) Religious Participation Scale, and a demographic information questionnaire. On the Scale of Theistic Beliefs, the bible study group scored significantly higher than the college sample in the keyed theisitic direction, and on the total scale score. On the Religious Participation Scale, the bible study group scored significantly higher on all seven dimensions assessed in the direction of more frequent participation, placing greater importance on their church, and reporting a stronger faith. Results may reflect the greater homogeneity of the bible study group with less emphasis on individual interpretation of the college group. This points to a most interesting difference between the nature of the religious experience of the two samples. References and four tables are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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