Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
John C Thomas
Primary Subject Area
Psychology, General; Religion, General
Animal-HuContinuity, Counseling, Existential Beliefs, Pastoral Counseling, Religous Beliefs
The purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between religious and existential variables and the Animal-Human Continuity Scale (Templer et al., 2006). The AHCS measures the extent that the respondent views animals and humans in a dichotomous versus a continuous perspective. Ninety nine (99) students at an evangelical southern university scored in the dichotomous direction as compared to the ninety six (96) students at a southern secular university. Likewise the more religious students, both those at the evangelical southern university and at a secular southern university, scored more in the dichotomous direction than the less religious students. Participants who scored higher on the Choice/Responsibilities Scale of the Life Attitude Profile-Revised had a more dichotomous orientation. Thus, religious students are more likely to view animals as being created separately.