TITLE

REANALYSIS WITHIN A CHRISTIAN IDEOLOGICAL SURROUND: RELATIONSHIPS OF INTRINSIC RELIGIOUS ORIENTATION WITH FUNDAMENTALISM AND RIGHT-WING AUTHORITARIANISM

AUTHOR(S)
Watson, P. J.; Sawyers, Pauline; Morris, Ronald J.; Carpenter, Mark L.; Jimenez, Rachel S.; Jonas, Katherine A.; Robinson, David L.
PUB. DATE
December 2003
SOURCE
Journal of Psychology & Theology;Winter2003, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p315
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examined whether ideology influenced the correlations of the Intrinsic Religious Orientation Scale with Religious Fundamentalism and Right-Wing Authoritarianism. A sample of 407 undergraduates responded to these instruments along with measures of Christian Fundamentalist Beliefs, Intolerance of Ambiguity, and religious extrinsicness. Empirical procedures were used to translate Religious Fundamentalism into a more adaptive Biblical Foundationalism. Formal evaluations of the Right-Wing Authoritarianism Scale uncovered some ideologically pro-religious items, but an even larger number of ambiguous and anti-religious statements. Partial correlations controlling for Religious Fundamentalism documented the basically adaptive potentials of a biblical intrinsicness. The Intrinsic association with authoritarianism was attributable to the ambiguous and anti-religious ideological content of the Right-Wing Authoritarianism Scale. Ideological factors, therefore, did seem to underlie empirical suggestions that traditional Christian commitments necessarily reflect a narrow-minded authoritarian fundamentalism.
ACCESSION #
11986735

 

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