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Volume 4 Issue 3 (September 1965), Pages 161-240

Some Psychological Factors in Religious Conversion (pages 185-187)

A study was made of forty‐three theological students in order to define the factors which had affected their religious experience, in particular, their acquisition of belief. The influence of age, parental belief and family relationships, guilt, neuroticism and extraversion were considered.

Those whose conversion was sudden and towards the faith of their parents were found to have high scores on the MPI neuroticism scale.

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