Heavenly-Minded and Earthly Good: A Study of Social Interest, Ethical Style, and Word-Spirit Orientation Among Christians

Volume
Volume 15
Issue
Summer 1987
Title
Heavenly-Minded and Earthly Good: A Study of Social Interest, Ethical Style, and Word-Spirit Orientation Among Christians
Abstract

The Social Interest Scale (SIS) and measures of religiosity, Word-Spirit orientation and ethical style were administered to 127 Christian college students to ascertain difference between those who were more conservative in their doctrinal beliefs and behavioral attitudes and those who were less conservative, between those who had a Word-oriented, Christian style and those who were Spirit-oriented, and among those whose ethical style was either Situational, Absolutistic, Subjectivistic or Exceptionistic. Results indicate that those students with more conservative doctrinal and behavioral beliefs tend to have higher SIS scores than those who are less conservative, Spirit-oriented Christians have higher SIS scores than Word-oriented Christians. Subjectivistic students tend to have the lowest SIS scores among the four ethical style positions. No sex difference is found. Implications for studying social interest among religious subjects are discussed along with ideas for further research.

Author
Dr. T.T.Y. Hsieh
Pages
141 - 147
Price
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