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Religiosity and Dispositional Forgiveness

Marcia Webb, Sarah A. Chickering, Trina A. Colburn, Dawn Heisler and Steve Call
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 46, No. 4 (Jun., 2005), pp. 355-370
DOI: 10.2307/3512166
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3512166
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Religiosity and Dispositional Forgiveness
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Abstract

The present study focused upon the capacity for forgiveness and religious faith. Two hundred and eighty participants from a public community college and a private Christian university completed questionnaires measuring the dispositional tendency to forgive, and several variables associated with religiosity, including motivation for religious activity, personal concept of God and religious problem-solving style. Results indicated that dispositional forgiveness was positively correlated with intrinsic motivation. Forgiveness was also positively correlated with loving God concepts, and with religious problem-solving styles involving either a partnership with God or deference to God. Alternatively, the dispositional tendency for forgiveness was negatively correlated with controlling God concepts and with problem-solving styles not incorporating faith. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses indicated that each of the religious variables contributed uniquely to total scores of forgiveness. Results of the study are discussed in light of their implications for the multifaceted and complex nature of both religiosity and forgiveness.

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