Beliefs About Faith and Work: Development and Validation of Honoring God, Prosperity Gospel Scales

Rev Relig Res (2014) 56:129-146

19 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2016

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Mitchell Neubert

Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business

Kevin Dougherty

Baylor University

Jerry Z. Park

Baylor University

Jenna Rogers

Baylor University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Disputes over the connection between beliefs and behaviors, coupled with the relative paucity of survey measures of specific theological beliefs related to work and its association with financial success, motivated the development of two beliefs scales: beliefs about work as a means to honor God and beliefs about God promising prosperity for believers. Analyses demonstrated these two scales to be distinct from one another and reliable. Using a national sample of over 1,000 working adults, we assessed the relationship of the specific belief scales to Lynn et al.’s (J Bus Ethics 85(2):227-241, 2009) faith at work scale, Mirels and Garrett’s (J Consul Clin Psychol 36(1):40-44, 1971) Protestant Work Ethic scale, two personality scales (Conscientiousness and Neuroticism), entrepreneurial behavior, helping behavior, and religious tradition. Results indicate convergent and divergent validity and demonstrate the potential utility of these beliefs scales for predicting work-related attitudes and practices.

Keywords: religious beliefs, scale development, prosperity gospel, work

Suggested Citation

Neubert, Mitchell and Dougherty, Kevin and Park, Jerry Z. and Rogers, Jenna, Beliefs About Faith and Work: Development and Validation of Honoring God, Prosperity Gospel Scales (2014). Rev Relig Res (2014) 56:129-146, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2737652

Mitchell Neubert (Contact Author)

Baylor University - Hankamer School of Business ( email )

Waco, TX 76798
United States

Kevin Dougherty

Baylor University

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Waco, TX 76798
United States

Jerry Z. Park

Baylor University ( email )

One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
United States

Jenna Rogers

Baylor University

School of Engineering & Computer Science
Waco, TX 76798
United States

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