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Personal Ideology: The Intersection of Personality and Religious Beliefs

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Individual religious beliefs are conceptualized as a component of personal ideology,which is one’s value-laden philosophy of how life should be lived and of what forces impact human living. Extending Silvan Tomkins’ (1911–1991) writings concerning ideology polarity and his script theory of personality, I suggest that personal ideology theory may be employed to elucidate the content, structure, and development of religious beliefs. This theory examines religiousness as a biologically motivated interpretive structure that is situated within the sociohistorical, age-relevant, and idiosyncratic conditions of the ontogenetic matrix.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Marquette University

Publication date: December 1, 1999

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