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Work Values and Christian Religiosity: An Ambiguous Multidimensional Relationship


Geser, H (2009). Work Values and Christian Religiosity: An Ambiguous Multidimensional Relationship. Journal of Religion and Society, 11:1-87.

Abstract

Based on data from World Values Survey, this paper argues that people who accord a central place to religion and God are consistently more likely to give work a highly important place in their personal life. This regularity spreads almost equally over Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox believers, thus indicating that an affirmative attitude to work is deeply intrinsic in the general Christian tradition. By contrast, belief in afterlife shows a spectacular negative correlation with work values that pervades all confessions, the majority of Christian countries worldwide, and almost all segments of the population. This conforms with the notion that afterlife beliefs motivate people to shift personal investments (in terms of subjective attention to time, money, personal energy, etc.) from this-worldly to other-worldly concerns.

Based on data from World Values Survey, this paper argues that people who accord a central place to religion and God are consistently more likely to give work a highly important place in their personal life. This regularity spreads almost equally over Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox believers, thus indicating that an affirmative attitude to work is deeply intrinsic in the general Christian tradition. By contrast, belief in afterlife shows a spectacular negative correlation with work values that pervades all confessions, the majority of Christian countries worldwide, and almost all segments of the population. This conforms with the notion that afterlife beliefs motivate people to shift personal investments (in terms of subjective attention to time, money, personal energy, etc.) from this-worldly to other-worldly concerns.

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Sociology
Dewey Decimal Classification:300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:18 Sep 2009 12:44
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:20
Publisher:Creighton University
ISSN:1522-5658
Additional Information:Online Journal; page numbers are referring to text sections.
Official URL:http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2009/2009-24.html

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