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EFFECTSc OFc READINGc SCRIPTUREc ANDc HAVINGc Ac DAILYc 1
Effectsc ofc Readingc Scripturec andc Havingc ac Dailyc Spiritualc Experience
Psycc 515:c Researchc Methodsc andc Statisticsc inc Psychologyc II
Departmentc ofc Psychology,c Libertyc University
Results
EFFECTSc OFc READINGc SCRIPTUREc ANDc HAVINGc Ac DAILYc 2
40c participantsc werec recruitedc fromc author’sc churchc andc job,c butc onlyc 20c
participantsc werec surveyedc forc thec study.c c Thec followingc demographicsc werec reportedc
forc thec 20c participants:c Biologicalc Sexc (malec orc female),c Agec andc Martialc Status.c Thec
studyc containedc 50%c malec andc 50%c females.c 20c adultsc completedc thec surveyc agedc 25-
62c [M=5.33;c S=c 22.64].
Thec objectivec ofc thisc studyc wasc toc examinec thec relationshipc betweenc readingc
scripturec andc havingc ac Dailyc Spiritualc experiencec (DES).c Asc shownc inc Tablec 1,c ac
Pearson’sc rc correlationc revealedc therec isc noc statisticallyc significantc relationshipc betweenc
readingc scripturec andc havingc ac Dailyc Spiritualc Experiencec (DES),c rc (18)c =c 0.022,c pc
>.464c (one-tailed).c Thec nullc hypothesisc isc rejected;c .05%c ofc thec variationc inc dailyc
spiritualc experiencec isc accountedc forc byc readingc scripture.c c Therec isc noc relationshipc
betweenc readingc scripturec andc havingc ac dailyc spiritualc experiencec (DES),c seec Figurec 1.
Tablec 1c
Pearson’sc rc correlationc forc Dailyc Spiritualc Experiencec (DES)c andc Readingc Scripture
Figurec 1
Scatterplotc forc Readingc Scripturec andc Dailyc Spiritualc Experiencec (DES)
EFFECTSc OFc READINGc SCRIPTUREc ANDc HAVINGc Ac DAILYc 3
Note.c Readingc scripturec scoresc werec measuredc fromc 0-60,c 0c representingc noc minutesc
andc 60c representingc 60minc andc thec max.c DSEc wasc averagedc andc rangedc fromc 1-6,c
withc higherc valuesc indicatingc ac DES.c Therec isc noc relationshipc betweenc readingc
scripturec andc havingc ac dailyc spiritualc experiencec (DES).
Discussion
Thisc studyc soughtc toc answerc thec questionc doesc readingc scripturec havec anc
impactc onc ac dailyc spiritualc experiencec (DES)c byc examiningc thec relationshipc betweenc
thec two.c Basedc onc statisticalc analysisc therec wasc noc relationshipc foundc betweenc thec
variables.c Thec datac revealedc thatc itc doesn’tc matterc thec amountc ofc timec spentc readingc
scripturec ac dailyc spiritualc experiencec (DES)c canc stillc happen.
Qomaruddinc &c Indawatic (2018)c researchc suggestc thatc inc ac societyc wherec soc
manyc peoplec arec inc ac sensec lostc orc seekingc guidance,c thec relationshipc withc Godc isc
EFFECTSc OFc READINGc SCRIPTUREc ANDc HAVINGc Ac DAILYc 4
extremelyc importantc toc experiencingc ac DES.c However,c thesec arec notc thec resultsc
experiencec inc thec currentc studyc conducted.c Koneningc andc colleaguesc noticedc thatc
peoplec whoc hadc lowc relationshipc Godc wasc alsoc lowc onc theirc DES,c thusc providingc
thatc theyc couldc roomc forc experiencec isc havingc ac higherc DESc (Koeningc etc al,c 2016).c
However,c neitherc studyc mentionedc measuredc howc readingc scripturec impactedc ac DES,c
althoughc DESc wasc developedc inc otherc ways.c However,c thisc isc goodc forc thec fieldc asc
itc providesc multiplec resourcesc thatc willc aidec inc thec achievementc ofc ac higherc DES.c
Readingc scripturec mattersc toc thec fieldc becausec thisc ac wayc asc ac toc bec ablec toc
providec researchc onc whatc factorsc impactc ac dailyc spiritualc experiencec withinc thec
population.c Knowingc thesec factorsc arec crucialc onc howc addressc socialc issuesc withinc thec
fieldc ofc psychologyc andc whatc resourcesc arec beneficial.c Readingc scripturec allowsc forc anc
understandingc ofc God’sc wordc butc morec importantlyc hisc character.c Readingc scripturec
shouldc bec inclusivec toc rereadingc thec samec chapter,c versus,c andc parablesc toc obtainc c
deepc perspectivec (Muto,c 2012).c Howc canc ac spiritualc experiencec bec experiencedc withoutc
knowingc thec characterc ofc Godc whoc thec experiencec isc meantc toc happenc with?c
Thec questionc abovec leavesc forc roomc inc thec fieldc toc studyc morec inc debtc thec
DESc throughc anc actualc relationshipc andc darec itc bec saidc anc intimatec relationshipc God.c
Deepeningc thec researchc ofc ac person’sc relationshipc withc Godc mayc bec ablec toc providec
accuratec resultsc whenc itc comesc toc measuringc ac person’sc DES.c Inc addition,c anotherc
variablec toc measurec canc bec thec comprehensionc ofc readingc scripturec versusc onlyc
readingc scripture.c Asc comprehensionc providesc morec detailedc informationc ofc
understandingc thec informationc presented.c Itc wouldc bec interestingc toc seec thec resultsc ofc
EFFECTSc OFc READINGc SCRIPTUREc ANDc HAVINGc Ac DAILYc 5
thisc studyc asc itc isc morec inc depthc andc detailedc andc usingc thec fullc versionc ofc thec
DES.c
References
Koenig,c H.c G.,c Pearce,c M.c J.,c Nelson,c B.,c &c Erkanli,c A.c (2016).c Effectsc onc dailyc
spiritualc
experiencesc ofc religiousc versusc conventionalc cognitivec behavioralc therapyc forc
depression.c
Journalc ofc Religiousc Health,c 55c (5),c 1763-1777.c DOI:10.1007/s10943-016-0270-3
Muto,c S.c (2012).c Thec artc andc disciplinec ofc formativec reading:c Revisitingc holyc scripturec
withc
humblec receptivity.c Journalc ofc Spiritualc Formationc andc Soulc Care,c 5(1),c 100-
116.c
https://doi.org/10.1177/193979091200500106
Qomaruddin,c M.c B.c &c Indawati,c R.c (2018).c Spiritualc everydayc experiencec ofc religiousc
people.c
Journalc ofc Internationalc Dentalc andc Medicalc Research,12c (2),c 823-827.c
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