ERIC Number: EJ1097470
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1361 7672
Introducing the Astley-Francis Theology of Religions Index: Construct Validity among 13- to 15-Year-Old Students
Astley, Jeff; Francis, Leslie J.
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v37 n1 p29-39 2016
The "theology of religions" is concerned with the interpretation and evaluation of the divergent truth-claims and views of salvation that are asserted or implied by different religious traditions. This study proposes a new multi-choice index that distinguishes between six current positions within the theology of religions, characterised as Atheism, Agnosticism, Exclusionism, Inclusivism, Pluralism, and Interreligious perspective, with a further subdivision between two expressions of the pluralism perspective. The construct validity of this new measure is supported by the performance of the instrument in respect of a network of theories (regarding how these different positions may relate to the factors of sex, age, personal religiosity and attitude toward religious diversity) among a sample of 10,754 13- to 15-year-old students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Ethics, Religion, Beliefs, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries, Religious Factors, Student Attitudes, Secondary School Students, Religious Education, Institutional Characteristics, Questionnaires
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Northern Ireland); United Kingdom (Scotland); United Kingdom (Wales)