God Image as a Function of Self-Esteem and Locus of Control

  title={God Image as a Function of Self-Esteem and Locus of Control},
  author={Peter L. Benson and Bernard Spilka},
  journal={Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion},
  • P. Benson, B. Spilka
  • Published 1 September 1973
  • Psychology
  • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
A cognitive consistency framework was adopted to predict that a believer's level of selfesteem and his location on the locus of control dimension influence his description and definition of God. On a sample of 128 Catholic subjects with approximately identical religious backgrounds, self-esteem was positively related to loving-accepting God-images and negatively to rejecting images. Locus of control was unrelated to controlling beliefs. Statistical and methodological controls were utilized to… 
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