Religiosity, Sin, and Self-Esteem

Volume 13
Summer 1985
Religiosity, Sin, and Self-Esteem

The empirical literature remains largely unsuccessful in clearly defining the functioning of the self within religious persons; and at the same time, a controversy exists within the religious community over how to integrate biblical beliefs about sin with psychological notions associating positive self-regard with mental health. The present study suggests that the wider social controversy is useful in clarifying the empirical problem and that more specifically the languages of sin and of self-esteem are at least partially incompatible. The results indicated that operationalization of religiosity was generally important in defining the nature of religiosity relationships with self-esteem; and more particularly, it was found that a sensitivity to the humanistic language of self-measures and to the guilt dimensions of orthodox views was in fact useful in demonstrating positive associations between self-esteem and a number of religiosity measures including those relating to sin.

Dr. P.J. Watson, Dr. R.W., Jr. Hood, R.J. Morris and Dr. J.R. Hall
116 - 128
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