Forgiveness and Spirituality

Type of Submission

Podium Presentation

Campus Venue

Dixon Ministry Center, Room 102


Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-10-2013 1:00 PM

End Date

4-10-2013 1:20 PM



As of today, there has not been a large amount of research in the area of forgiveness. Research has suggested that this is because forgiveness is considered to be a religious issue. However, research has shown that forgiveness plays a role in an individual's personal, as well as spiritual, life (Lampman, 1999). This research proposal focuses on the area of forgiveness as it relates to undergraduate students' spiritual and general well-being. Three hundred and seventy undergraduate students from Cedarville University participated in a survey through Survey Monkey. This survey consisted of three forgiveness scales and one spiritual well-being scale as well as several demographic questions relating to family structure. We hypothesized that forgiveness will positively correlate with spiritual well-being, and that students with higher levels of forgiveness will score higher on all other scales. After retrieving the survey results, data analysis confirmed our hypothesis that levels of forgiveness positively correlated with levels of well-being, both spiritual and general. Results also showed that higher levels of forgiveness indicated more positive responses and less negative responses. Another finding included a correlation between higher levels of forgiveness and increased willingness to forgive across a variety of circumstances.

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Apr 10th, 1:00 PM Apr 10th, 1:20 PM

Forgiveness and Spirituality

Cedarville, OH