The Differing Views of College Instructors and Mexican American College Students Regarding Religion, the Supernatural, and Evolution

By Blake Armstrong.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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An anonymous questionnaire was given to first generation Mexican American college students. It consisted of multiple choice items evaluating the following: demographics, religious upbringing, religious practice, knowledge of (and views on) evolution, psychic phenomenon, ghosts, religious violence, and homosexuality. Instructors at the same college were evaluated with the same questionnaire which included additional items regarding academic training, teaching experience, and area of expertise. The goal of this research was to answer the following questions: first, what are the beliefs of Mexican American college students regarding religion, evolution, and the supernatural, and do these beliefs differ from the general population? Second, do religious beliefs of Mexican American college students differ from instructors at the same college, and is there a link between religious beliefs and views on evolution? Third, are “level of education” and “field of study” related to religious beliefs and views on evolution? Finally, is their validity to the “Christian fundamentalist” claim that they represent the beliefs and views of a majority of Americans and are these views representative of Mexican American college students?

Keywords: Evolution, Religion, Supernatural Phenomenon

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.453-466. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 713.762KB).

Dr. Blake Armstrong

Associate Professor of Psychology, Social Sciences Department, Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, South Texas College, Weslaco, Texas, USA

Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Texas and South Carolina (USA); Associate Professor of Psychology at South Texas College, McAllen, Texas, USA. Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas, USA. Research interests include religious fanaticism, development of supernatural belief systems, criminal psychopathology, obedience to authority.

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