Introducing the Astley Francis theology of religions index : construct validity among 13- to 15-year-old students

Astley, J. and Francis, L.J. (2016) Introducing the Astley Francis theology of religions index : construct validity among 13- to 15-year-old students. Journal of Beliefs & Values, 37 (1). pp. 29-39. ISSN 1361-7672

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Abstract

The 'theology of religions' is concerned with the interpretation and evaluation of the divergent truth-claims and views of salvation that are asserted or implied by different religious traditions. This study proposes a new multi-choice index that distinguishes between six current positions within the theology of religions, characterised as Atheism, Agnosticism, Exclusionism, Inclusivism, Pluralism, and Interreligious perspective, with a further subdivision between two expressions of the pluralism perspective. The construct validity of this new measure is supported by the performance of the instrument in respect of a network of theories (regarding how these different positions may relate to the factors of sex, age, personal religiosity and attitude toward religious diversity) among a sample of 10,754 13- to 15-year-old students from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Stephen Macdonald
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2019 16:45
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2020 12:11
URI: http://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/659

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