Parental Image and the Concept of God: An Evangelical Protestant-Catholic Comparison

Volume
Volume 4
Issue
Winter 1976
Title
Parental Image and the Concept of God: An Evangelical Protestant-Catholic Comparison
Abstract

The study investigated similarities between the concept of God and the image of the parents in evangelical Protestants. The results were then compared with a previous study done with Catholic subjects. The study found that among evangelicals the image of God was rated equally high on maternal and paternal items. This suggests that evangelicals perceive God as a well integrated parental image. When compared with Catholics, it was found that evangelicals perceived God as more maternal. The possible effects of the Mother of Mary figure on the divine image as an explanation for this difference are considered. Furthermore, it was found that evangelicals also perceived God as more paternal than did Catholics. It is suggested that this indicates that evangelicals understand God as a parental figure while Catholics perceive Him as an institutional figure. Implications are drawn for Christian education in both the church and home.

Authors
Dr. G.R. Collins and M.D. Keyser
Pages
69 - 80
Price
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