Free Will And Religiosity Analysis

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Determinism Free Will and Religiosity
Introduction: Free will as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary is the ability to choose how to act, or the ability to make choices that are not controlled by fate or God. While determinism is a theory or doctrine that acts of the will, occurrences in nature, or social or psychological phenomena are casually determined by preceding events or natural laws, or as a belief in predestination. Another word worth defining is religiosity which is the quality of being religious, piety, or devoutness. The purpose of this study was to see if there was a correlation with participants who were primed with determinism or free will and their responses to questions about their own religiosity. There are many debates in many different fields of research trying to decide if humans have free will or if our lives are determined by
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In another study conducted by McCullough and Willoughby (2009) they found a link between religion and good self-control, evidence being that religious people exhibit better self-control on various trait and behavioral measures. They also found that religious parents have children who have higher self-control when compared to parents who are non-religious. McCullough and Willoughby thought this was because religion helps people set righteous goals and increases the incentive to peruse them (2009). McCullough and Willoughby (2009) concluded that self-control partially mediated many of the beneficial effects of religion or health, well-being, and social behavior. According to Arendt (1978) the very concept of free will in our western world was heavily mixed with Christian ideologies because if we as humans want to get into Heaven on Earth we must obey God’s moral law, this idea says that humans have the freedom to choose a path of virtue or

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