Modern Psychological Studies
1 & 2
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
The relationship between general knowledge of world religions and dogmatism was investigated in a group of college students in Tennessee. Knowledge of world religions was assessed with a written survey and the scores were compared to scores on the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale. Dogmatism is a reluctance to accept new ideas outside of one's own belief or disbeliefs. The results supported the hypothesis that individuals with high levels of dogmatism would also have low levels of knowledge about religious traditions other than their own. Additional analysis indicated that people who identify themselves as more spiritual than religious had lower dogmatism scores and higher religious knowledge scores than those identifying themselves as more religious than spiritual. In addition, self-described conservative individuals were more open-minded than selfdescribed liberals. In addition, individuals with high levels of dogmatism tended to be members of the same religious tradition as their parents. There appears to be a correlation between dogmatism and liberal or conservative beliefs.
BF1 .M63 v. 9 no. 1 & 2 2003
Silver, Christopher F.
"The relationship between religious knowledge and dogmatism in college students,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 9
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol9/iss1/5