ERIC Number: ED386666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Spiritual Reading and Its Effects on Human Growth.
Duncan, James C.
This research study sought to explore the relationship between spiritual reading and its effects on human growth. The emphasis of the study was how participants felt they had grown in their relationship with God through reading. Participants were clergypersons in the Tidewater, Virginia area. The 30 pastors interviewed for this study indicated that reading did help them grow in their relationship with God and in other areas of their lives. Only two respondents stated that a book written by a spiritual master had helped them in their religious growth. Reading tended to be a relationship between the literature and the reader. Therefore, no cause-and-effect relationship could be found between the type of literature and the growth produced. There was no relationship found between any reading and any growth reported. Based on these findings, further research is recommended in many areas of spiritual literature. Included in the recommendations are that research be conducted on: (1) personality type and the preference for reading spiritual literature; (2) what clergy, non-clergy adults, young adults, and children have found helpful in their spiritual growth; (3) the differences in the spiritual growth between men and women; and (4) the differences between religious and non-religious persons regarding what they have found helpful in their spiritual growth. Contains an 80-item bibliography, a 46-item list of works by spiritual masters. (KW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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