Missio-logoi and faith: Factors that influence attitude certainty

One of the goals of missio-logoi used by missionaries (especially missionary speech) is the development of faith in the lives of those whom the missionaries serve. From a biblical perspective, faith has both a relational (e.g., John 3:16) and a cognitive dimension (e.g., Heb 11:1). This cognitive di...

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Published in:Missiology
Main Author: Dunaetz, David R. (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2016]
In:Missiology
Year: 2016, Volume: 44, Issue: 1, Pages: 66-77
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:One of the goals of missio-logoi used by missionaries (especially missionary speech) is the development of faith in the lives of those whom the missionaries serve. From a biblical perspective, faith has both a relational (e.g., John 3:16) and a cognitive dimension (e.g., Heb 11:1). This cognitive dimension is similar to what social psychologists call attitude certainty, the degree to which an individual is certain that a particular attitude or belief is true. This study reviews the empirical research conducted to discover the factors that influence attitude certainty. These factors include support for the beliefs by peers, repeated verbal expression of the beliefs, direct experience with the object of belief, and knowledge of how to defend the belief when confronted with strong counter-arguments to the belief. Beliefs and attitudes which are more certain are likely to have more of an impact on an individual’s behavior, are more resistant to persuasion, and persist longer in an individual’s life. Missionaries can thus focus their missio-logoi so as to maximize attitude certainty among the people to whom they minister.
ISSN:2051-3623
Contains:Enthalten in: Missiology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/0091829615618383