Assessing Religious Maturity: The Development of a Short Form of the Religious Status Inventory (RSInv-S10)

Assessing Religious Maturity: The Development of a Short Form of the Religious Status Inventory... 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 leslie.francis@warwick.ac.uk b) Vision Training and Research, London, UK pococks@rockuk.net 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Empirical Theology Brill

Assessing Religious Maturity: The Development of a Short Form of the Religious Status Inventory (RSInv-S10)

Journal of Empirical Theology, Volume 20 (2): 179 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0922-2936
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10.1163/157092507X237336
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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 leslie.francis@warwick.ac.uk b) Vision Training and Research, London, UK pococks@rockuk.net 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

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Journal of Empirical TheologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: RELIGIOUS STATUS INVENTORY; RELIGIOUS ASSESSMENT; SHORT MEASURES; RELIGIOUS MATURITY; PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION

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