Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Authoritarianism
We use long-term longitudinal data from a sample (N = 155) of older age mainline Protestants, Catholics, and a small number of conservative Protestants to investigate the relations among church-centered religiousness, spiritual seeking, and authoritarianism. In late adulthood, religiousness was related positively, and spiritual seeking was related negatively, to authoritarianism; these relations held even after excluding conservative Protestants and controlling for education, gender, age cohort, and personal flexibility. We find a similar pattern using measures of religiousness, spiritual seeking, and control variables scored in early adulthood, a time interval of close to 40 years.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
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Paul Wink, Michele Dillon & Adrienne Prettyman. 2007. “Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Authoritarianism.” Journal forthe Scientific Study ofReligion 46: 321-335.