Baha'i World Faith: Redefinition of Religion

Members of the Baha'i World Faith consistently differed from Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and non-affiliates in the structure of religious behavior and its relation to personality. By factor analysis of 35 religious behaviors of 112 Baha'is, five facets or components of their total religi...

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Published in:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Main Author: Keene, James J. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [1967]
In:Journal for the scientific study of religion
Year: 1967, Volume: 6, Issue: 2, Pages: 221-235
Further subjects:B Religious Practices
B Religious Behavior
B Community life
B Bahai Faith
B Protestantism
B Catholicism
B Cognition
B Personality
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Summary:Members of the Baha'i World Faith consistently differed from Jews, Catholics, Protestants, and non-affiliates in the structure of religious behavior and its relation to personality. By factor analysis of 35 religious behaviors of 112 Baha'is, five facets or components of their total religious life were found: Cognitive, Experiential, Self-defining, Administrative, and Meditative. Evidence suggesting possible psychosocial functions of these components was considered. Strength on all five components at once--total, balanced religious activity--was found only in the Baha'i group. This unique Baha'i pattern in the religious realm was correlated with a personal orientation composed of World-minded, Spontaneous, and Adaptive behaviors, which was found only in the Baha'i group. A deviation from total religious participation is associated with disruption of the unique personality pattern, and vice versa. These findings are also discussed in terms of a concept of community.
ISSN:1468-5906
Reference:Kritik in "Baha'i Statistics and Self-Fulfilling Design (1968)"
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal for the scientific study of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.2307/1384048