Becoming a Christian Consciously Versus Nonconsciously

Volume 19
Winter 1991
Becoming a Christian Consciously Versus Nonconsciously

The religious devotion of nonconscious, sudden, and gradual believers in a sample of 107 undergraduates was examined. Participants responded to three questionnaires exploring their conversions, investment in Christianity, and intrinsic-extrinsic religious orientation. Individuals who had made a conscious decision, sudden or gradual, to become a Christian were more devoted than those who had not. Attributions primarily supporting one’s Christian identity were also explored: Having received Christ as Savior was linked to a conscious conversion decision and to higher devotion, whereas being raised as a Christian was linked to no conscious decision and to lower devotion. Post-decisional psychological processes that foster commitment are discussed. Issues for future research are suggested.

Dr. C. Liu
364 - 375
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