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A descriptive study of value systems within religion

August 9, 2017

 

Year: 1976

 

Research Problem: To determine the various value levels that may be affecting communication in the church and to discover the predominant levels of psychological existence.

 

Method: It has been determined that the theories of Clare W. Graves are valid tools in evaluating the different value levels in a group of people involved in religion. Data was collected using the Values for Religion test. A total of 288 college and seminary students were tested. Comparisons of the differing scored of demographic variables formed the bases of the conclusions drawn in the study.

 

Results: Significant relationships were found between one’s personal value cluster and sex, career intention, and type of college attended.

 

Conclusion: Much research is still needed in the area of value levels in religion. The uses if Value System Analysis in religion are numerous. One of the most obvious has to do with pastor placement to ensure the pastors efficacy. Value System Analysis could also provide a model for designing programs of outreach and evangelism. Educational programming within the church could be designed to complement the different value systems that exist in the church. A preacher could design his sermons to communicate to all six of the value levels. Hopefully, this research will contribute to the success of religion in the future.

 

https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc504608/m2/1/high_res_d/1002773249-Pryor.pdf

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