The Shepherd Scale: Separating the Sheep from the Goats

Volume 9
Winter 1981
The Shepherd Scale: Separating the Sheep from the Goats

This article presents an instrument designed to differentiate Christians from non-Christians. The instrument reflects the belief that published past attempts to measure Christianity have underutilized the Bible as a resource. Therefore, in the construction of this instrument, the New Testament was searched for qualities characteristic of Christians and then these were used as the basis for determining item content. When administered to a sample of college students from a small Christian liberal arts college the instrument, the Shepherd Scale, demonstrated promising reliability and validity. As a further test of the instrument'€™s validity it was also given to a broader range of people living in the suburbs of a metropolitan area. Again, the Shepherd Scale seemed to "€œseparate the sheep from the goats.€"

Dr. R.L. Bassett, R.D. Sadler, E.E. Kobischen, D.M. Skiff, B.J. Atwater and Dr. P.W. Livermore
335 - 351
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