God Chooses Life
by kaseyfagan on October 10, 2012 - 2:44pm
God Chooses Life
God Imagery and Opposition to Abortion and Capital Punishment: A Partial Test of Religious Support for the Consistent Life Ethic is a research article that examines how religious individuals are impacted by their beliefs when developing their opinions towards abortion and the death penalty. The researchers hypothesized that individuals with a strong, positive relationship with God will result in having social opinions that oppose capital punishment and abortion. Data was collected by utilizing surveys that questioned an individual’s relation with God and comparing that to his or her stance regarding the death penalty. The researchers were able to draw conclusions by compiling all of the surveys. The results revealed that individuals with a loving respect for God, as a generalized whole, will develop a cognitive schema that defies intentionally ending another’s life. The studies also showed there are exceptions. For example, political conservatives and males, in contrast, are more likely to support the death penalty (Bartkowski, Cullen, and Unnever 2010). This article offers a deep examination into the correlation between religion and social positions. As I have previously mentioned, the Bible expresses conflicting views regarding the death penalty. The research provided in this article will clarify as to where most religious people stand.
Bartkowski, John, Francis T. Cullen, and James. D. Unnever. 2010. “God Imagery and Opposition to Abortion and Capital Punishment: A Partial Test of Religious Support for the Consistent Life Ethic.” Sociology of Religion. 71:3 307-322.