Assessing Religious Maturity: Th e Development of a Short Form of the Religious Status Inventory (RSInv-S10) Leslie J Francis a & Nigel Pocock b a) Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit, University of Warwick, UK firstname.lastname@example.org b) Vision Training and Research, London, UK email@example.com Received 25 April; accepted 9 July 2007 Abstract A sample of 226 students attending seminaries, theological colleges and bible schools, represent- ing a wide range of denominations and church traditions in the United Kingdom, completed the Religious Status Inventory, an instrument designed to assess ‘religious maturity’. Th e data were employed to develop short ten-item forms of the eight scales by means of which this instrument conceptualises religious maturity: awareness of God; acceptance of God’s grace and steadfast love; being repentant and responsible; knowing God’s leadership and direction; involvement in organised religion; experiencing fellowship; being ethical; and aﬃrming openness in faith. Th e short scales are commended for further application and examination on the grounds that they are more reliable than the longer instruments, less burdensome to complete, and a more ade- quate operationalisation of the underlying constructs. Since the deﬁnition of religious maturity operationalised by the Religious Status Inventory properly remains controversial, the
Journal of Empirical Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: RELIGIOUS STATUS INVENTORY; RELIGIOUS ASSESSMENT; SHORT MEASURES; RELIGIOUS MATURITY; PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION
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