School of Behavioral Sciences
phenomenology, Christianity, origins beliefs, creation, evolution, biblical interpretation, BFI-44, interviews
Christianity | Cognition and Perception | Personality and Social Contexts | Transpersonal Psychology
Wilkinson, Emily, "The Origins Beliefs of Christian College Students" (2020). Senior Honors Theses. 948.
Many studies have focused on creation and evolution in academia, origins beliefs and biblical interpretation, and how students respond to origins challenges. The author then conducted a phenomenology of Christian college students’ origins beliefs, factors that influence those beliefs, and impacts that the beliefs have on students’ lives. Methods included a 44-Item Big Five Inventory and semi-structured interviews. Participants were eight residential undergraduate students at a Christian university who were currently or previously in a creation studies course. Results indicated that all participants held to young-earth creationism, and that family, Christian faith, education, personality, and academic major influenced the development of these beliefs. Implications of the findings, limitations, and suggestions for future research were included in the discussion.