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Socialisation and empirical-Theological models of the trinity: A study among theology students in the United Kingdom

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The socialisation of Christian doctrine is an area of empirical-theological research that has received very little attention. This chapter highlights this avenue of research by considering the impact of specific socialisation factors on certain Trinitarian beliefs. It investigates this relationship through an analysis of quantitative data collected from a sample of 244 theology students training at 11 residential theological institutions in the United Kingdom. This chapter aims to test the ways in which Trinitarian beliefs are transmitted via socialisation. The key research question is: what is the influence of socialisation factors on empirical-theological models of the Trinity in the context of specific background variables. From a theoretical account of socialisation, which includes a discussion of the reference group, significant others, environment and media, and the individual, the impact of socialisation on five key models of the Trinity are tested.

Keywords: Christian doctrine; empirical-theological models; socialisation; Trinitarian models; United Kingdom



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