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“The Psychology of a Peculiar People: Studies of Adventist Sabbath-keeping and Other Distinctive Doctrines” – Karl Bailey

Date: January 24, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Karl Bailey

Position: Associate Professor of Psychology & Coordinator, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Andrews University

Topic: “The Psychology of a Peculiar People: Studies of Adventist Sabbath-keeping and Other Distinctive Doctrines”

Venue: Chan Shun Hall

Attendance: 80

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Presentation: He explored SDA uniqueness (health message, longevity, family-oriented, Sabbath-keeping) & understanding of body, mind, spirit, soul separateness & shared recent US & Brazilian surveys of college students’ views of free will, determinism, reductionism & how religiosity relates to wellbeing among WEIRD (Western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic) SDA youth whose sense of autonomy, relatedness, & competence shapes their views of Sabbath-keeping. His survey of 347 subjects covered 47 items on the degree to which students integrated & internalized keeping Sabbath & their positive and negative feelings about this aspect of the Adventist lifestyle.

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