Do Religious Skeptics Differ from Religious Believers in their Interest in Celebrities?

Authors

  • Lynn E. McCutcheon North American Journal of Psychology
  • Harvey Richman Columbus State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v19i2.29534

Keywords:

Religious, skeptics, celebrities, believers, stereotypes

Abstract

Given the prejudice directed toward religious skeptics, it is imperative that we learn as much as we can about this minority group. We administered the Celebrity Attitude Scale (CAS), and some brief additional measures of attitudes about celebrities to a sample of 91 religious believers and 92 skeptics recruited throughout the US from Mechanical Turk. We predicted that skeptics would have less favorable attitudes toward celebrities in general and feel less strongly attached to their own favorite celebrity, as compared to the believers. The first prediction was confirmed but not the second. We also compared believers with skeptics on choices of an “entertainer” vs. “non-entertainer” favorite celebrity, and found no significant difference. The results are discussed in light of current research on religious skeptics and celebrity worshipers.

Author Biography

Lynn E. McCutcheon, North American Journal of Psychology

Lynn E. McCutcheon is the editor of the North American Journal of Psychology.

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2016-11-15

How to Cite

McCutcheon, L. E., & Richman, H. (2016). Do Religious Skeptics Differ from Religious Believers in their Interest in Celebrities?. Implicit Religion, 19(2), 225–235. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v19i2.29534

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