Intellectual humility and religious tolerance

Joshua N. Hook, Jennifer E. Farrell, Kathryn Johnson, Daryl R. Van Tongeren, Don E. Davis, Jamie D. Aten

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The present study explored the relationship between (a) intellectual humility toward religious beliefs and values and (b) religious tolerance. Pastors who identified as Christian (N = 196) completed measures of conservatism, religious commitment, intellectual humility toward religious beliefs and values, and religious tolerance. Intellectual humility was a positive predictor of religious tolerance, even when controlling for conservatism and religious commitment. An interaction was found between exposure to religious diversity and intellectual humility, such that exposure to religious diversity was positively related to religious tolerance only for participants who reported high levels of intellectual humility. We conclude by discussing limitations, areas for future research, and implications for interfaith dialog and engagement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Positive Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2017


  • diversity
  • Humility
  • religion
  • tolerance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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