Attribution to Supernatural Causation: An Important Component of Religious Commitment?

Volume
Volume 7
Issue
Winter 1979
Title
Attribution to Supernatural Causation: An Important Component of Religious Commitment?
Abstract

Most religious belief systems maintain that some natural events are caused by divine intervention. Exploration of the manner in which believers attribute events to supernatural causes is thus one fruitful way of studying the psychology of religion. The attributional process of evangelical Christian college students were explored by means of a questionnaire containing several brief descriptions of incidents, each followed by rating scales in which subjects attributed causality for that event. Individual differences in the tendency to invoke supernatural explanations were found, and the tendency to invoke such explanations was positively correlated with other measures of religious belief and practice. Attribution to God was unrelated to locus of control. Differences in the nature of the incidents to be explained affected attribution to God.

Authors
Dr. R.J. Ritzema, Dr. J. Polyson and V. Barrow
Pages
286 - 293
Price
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