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ERIC Number: EJ909454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1361-7672
Factors Shaping Biblical Literalism: A Study among Anglican Laity
Village, Andrew
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v26 n1 p29-38 Apr 2005
Biblical literalism was assessed among 404 adult Anglicans from a variety of church traditions using a summated rating scale based on 10 items referring to events in the Bible. The literalism scale showed high internal reliability ([alpha] = 0.92) and scores were highest (i.e. most literal) in Evangelical churches, intermediate in Broad churches and lowest in Anglo-Catholic churches. Decisions about whether or not an event happened appeared to be based on a combination of general doctrinal belief about the Bible, the plausibility of the event and the doctrinal weight associated with it. A number of different factors predicted the degree of literalism, including general educational experience, experience of theological education at certificate level or higher, charismatic experience and the frequency of reading the Bible. Both general and specifically theological higher education seemed to reduce literalism in Anglo-Catholic and Broad churches, but this was not so among Evangelicals, who maintained high levels of literalism whatever their educational experience. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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