Dimensions of Religiosity, 1986

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IDEAS

The following question deals with religion. Please read the question carefully and select the response which most accurately represents your beliefs. Which of the following statements most clearly describes your ideas about God?
  1) I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable.
  2) I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature.
  3) The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory.
  4) I am not quite sure what I believe.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage Z-Score
I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 62 65.3% 65.3% -.62
I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 17 17.9% 83.2% .36
The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 5 5.3% 88.4% 1.34
I am not quite sure what I believe. 11 11.6% 100% 2.32

Variable Comparisons


Sex (I-SEX)

Male Female TOTAL
I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 62.5%
30
68.1%
32
65.3%
62
I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 20.8%
10
14.9%
7
17.9%
17
The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 6.3%
3
4.3%
2
5.3%
5
I am not quite sure what I believe. 10.4%
5
12.8%
6
11.6%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
48
100.0%
47

95


Race (I-RACE)

White Black Other TOTAL
I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 63.3%
50
81.8%
9
60.0%
3
65.3%
62
I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 19.0%
15
0.0%
0
40.0%
2
17.9%
17
The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 5.1%
4
9.1%
1
0.0%
0
5.3%
5
I am not quite sure what I believe. 12.7%
10
9.1%
1
0.0%
0
11.6%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
79
100.0%
11
100.0%
5

95


College class (I-CSTAT)

Freshman Sophomore Junior Senior TOTAL
I believe in a divine God, creator of the universe, who knows my inner-most thoughts, and to whom I will be accountable. 56.3%
18
69.7%
23
61.5%
8
76.5%
13
65.3%
62
I believe in a power greater than myself which some people call God and others call nature. 18.8%
6
18.2%
6
23.1%
3
11.8%
2
17.9%
17
The universal mysteries can be explained by the scientific method; for example, the Big Bang theory. 6.3%
2
6.1%
2
0.0%
0
5.9%
1
5.3%
5
I am not quite sure what I believe. 18.8%
6
6.1%
2
15.4%
2
5.9%
1
11.6%
11
TOTAL 100.0%
32
100.0%
33
100.0%
13
100.0%
17

95