Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

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Theory and research on religious orientation often includes a quest dimension. This dimension focuses on religious doubts; those who score high on it are likely to manifest high levels of religious doubt, an unwillingness to accept the "pat answers" provided by established religion, a desire to embrace the complexity of existential dilemmas, and a willingness to change their own beliefs when warranted. Graham, McDonald, and Klaassen conducted qualitative research to help clarify the lived experience of those who score high on the quest dimension.

Specifically, Graham, McDonald, and Klaassen conducted open-ended interview with 16 university students who scored high on the quest scale. These students were chosen for their diverse scores on the Intrinsic orientation scale. About half of the participants were Protestants (44%) and approximately half were unaffiliated with a religious tradition (44%). The majority was female (n = 10). Interviews were conducted until the researchers felt they reached the point of saturation in finding quest themes.

The interviews were transcribed and analyzed for themes related to the quest dimension. …

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