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“We Don’t Want Your Thoughts and Prayers”: Nonreligious Perceptions of Petitionary Prayer

Sharp, Carissa, Leicht, Carola, Elsdon-Baker, Fern (2019) “We Don’t Want Your Thoughts and Prayers”: Nonreligious Perceptions of Petitionary Prayer. In: International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) Conference 2019, 31 Aug-3 Sep 2019, Gdańsk, Poland. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:83496)

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Abstract

A wealth of established literature has examined the relationship between prayer and various outcomes such as well-being; however, the perceptions we hold of others who engage in prayer remain largely unexamined. In this research we investigated people’s attitudes towards a target who asked for supernatural help for a “selfish” outcome (i.e., a job promotion). We found (non)religious group differences in perceptions of the target, with nonreligious individuals having more negative interpretations of the target and the target’s actions. Moreover, the extent to which the target was seen as taking responsibility for his actions mediated this finding, suggesting an underlying mechanism in which nonreligious people see prayer as offloading responsibility to God. These findings suggest that knowledge about others’ religious behaviour and people’s own (non)religious beliefs significantly inform interpersonal perception. Implications and future directions with regards to debates about religious individuals’ competence, rationality, and beliefs about science and religion are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: prayer
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF51 Psychology and Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Carola Leicht
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2020 12:53 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2020 14:56 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/83496 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Sharp, Carissa: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9561
Leicht, Carola: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4117-1215
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