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
Date Written: 2014
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
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