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A Study of Multidimensional Religion Constructs and Values in the United Kingdom

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Abstract:

A growing number of studies have systematically examined the relationships between religiousness and value priorities. However, few studies have utilized multidimensional constructs of religiousness or attempted to distinguish among the value priorities of the religious. Using a general public sample and a churchgoer sample in the United Kingdom, this article examines the associations between Schwartz's values, several general religion measures, and conceptualization of God. Religiousness aligns most strongly along the conservation/openness to change value dimension, and spirituality is rotated further toward self-transcendence values. Findings suggest a shift among the religious away from an emphasis on security. God concepts are uniquely related to some value types. Particularly among the churchgoers, for whom God concepts may be especially formative, characteristics attributed to God are reflected in value priorities. These findings support the theoretical assertion that conceptualization of God is a foundational religious belief implicated in more specific values, attitudes, and beliefs.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2009.01496.x

Affiliations: 1: Project Green Church Maroubra Junction Uniting Church 2: Centre for Environmental Strategy University of Surrey 3: Department of Psychology University of Surrey

Publication date: 2010-03-01

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