ERIC Number: EJ739921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Bible Knowledge and Moral Judgment: Knowing Scripture and Using Ethical Reasoning
Journal of Research on Christian Education, v13 n1 p41-57 Spr 2004
The relationship between moral judgment and religious knowledge was investigated, with an analysis of the impact of academic skill on both domains. Fifty-six Bible college seniors completed measures of moral judgment (Defining Issues Test), Bible knowledge (Standardized Bible Content Test), and academic skill (Academic Profile). Results indicate that the three measures were significantly correlated in a positive direction. Bible knowledge was positively related with the most sophisticated level of Kohlberg's moral reasoning and negatively correlated with preconventional morality. These relationships could not be simply explained by the level of cognitive ability. Discussion follows on the potential causal directions and implications for Bible knowledge and sophisticated moral judgments being related.
Descriptors: Biblical Literature, Decision Making, Moral Values, Ethics, Logical Thinking, College Seniors, Academic Ability, Correlation, Moral Development, Religious Education, Higher Education, Christianity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Defining Issues Test