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Liberalism and Conservatism in Relation to Psychological Type among Church of England Clergy

Village, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2174-8822 (2019) Liberalism and Conservatism in Relation to Psychological Type among Church of England Clergy. Journal of Empirical Theology, 32 (1). pp. 138-154.

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Abstract

Liberalism and conservatism have been important stances that have shaped doctrinal, moral and ecclesial beliefs and practices in Christianity. In the Church of England, Anglo-catholics are generally more liberal, and evangelicals more conservative, than those from broad-church congregations. This paper tests the idea that psychological preference may also partly explain liberalism or conservatism in the Church of England. Data from 1,389 clergy, collected as part of the 2013 Church Growth Research Programme, were used to categorise individuals by church tradition, whether or not they had an Epimethean psychological temperament, and whether or not they preferred thinking over feeling in their psychological judging process. Epimetheans and those who preferred thinking were more likely to rate themselves as conservative rather than liberal. Conservatism was associated with being Epimethean among those who were Anglo-catholic or broad-church, but with preference for thinking over feeling among evangelicals.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1163/15709256-12341384
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF698-698.9 Personality
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology > BV659-683 Ministry. Clergy. Religious vocations
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations > BX5011-5207 Church of England
School/Department: School of Humanities
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3880

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