Higher purpose: Study finds belief in God linked to having sense of purpose in life
Cranney writes that believers in a higher power and believing doubters have a significantly different sense of purpose from sure believers, and that this finding supports other research that has found belief systems that “embrace uncertainty and ambiguity” also invite potential "existential uncertainty."
But Cranney doesn't venture into what his findings mean.
He writes that people with a higher sense of purpose may be naturally drawn toward belief, while others may derive their sense of purpose from secular alternatives.
Cranney said more information gathered through qualitative interviews that flesh out what people mean by their belief in God and their sense of purpose is needed to better understand the relationship.
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