Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Worldviews on government and economics among evangelical Peruvian university students
by Hamilton, Martha S., Ed.D., Regent University, 2012, 183; 3515318
Abstract (Summary)

Research into worldviews among evangelical Christians is a growing field that had not previously been explored in a Latin American context. Worldview has been shown to be a significant influence in the shaping of cultures and nations. This study is an initial step toward exploring worldviews among Peruvian evangelicals. This research examines Peruvian evangelical students nearing the end of their university studies to identify prominent themes in their worldviews on government and economics and evaluate these themes in light of an evangelical Christian worldview. A multiple-case study approach was employed, examining three participants in depth to fully understand their worldviews. Including participants from diverse university settings allowed for a deeper perspective on worldviews among evangelical students in Peru. To measure worldview, a qualitative semistructured interview approach was used. Addressing each of the three students, an open-ended flexible interview was conducted to uncover underlying worldview assumptions. Subsequently, the gathered data were analyzed for themes in each individual case and common tendencies among students' answers, which revealed the basic assumptions forming students' worldviews. The primary research question of the study asked whether students were equipped with an evangelical Christian worldview on government and economics. The finding is that in these case studies, worldviews on government and economics are internally inconsistent and often inconsistent with evangelical Christian belief.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Swezey, James
School: Regent University
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-A 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Religious education, Latin American Studies
Keywords: College students, Evangelical Christians, Peru
Publication Number: 3515318
ISBN: 978-1-267-40604-0
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