Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2018

Abstract

Oishi et al. (2011) demonstrated that Christians living in Korea and Christians living in the United States differ in their perceptions of Jesus, in a manner that is aligned with cultural values. The present study examined differences in the perception of Jesus within the United States, examining agnostics, atheists, Catholics and nondenominational Christians, specifically assessing perceptions of his personality traits and moral foundations. Differences were observed between Christian groups and religiously unaffiliated groups, especially on the perceived levels of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and respect for Authority. However, among Christians, nondenominational Christians perceived higher levels of Conscientiousness, Openness, and respect for Authority than Catholics did. Finally, agnostics perceived higher levels of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Compassion and lower levels of Neuroticism than atheists did.

Publication Title

Journal of Beliefs & Values

E-ISSN

1469-9362

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/13617672.2018.1514786

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