Intellectual Humility And Forgiveness Of Religious Leaders

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We Would Like To Acknowledge The Generous Financial Support Of Fuller Theological Seminary/thrive Center In Concert With The John Templeton Foundation, [grant Number 108] (intellectual Humility In Religious Leaders), As Well As The John Templeton Foundation [grant Number 29630], The Development, Validation, And Dissemination Of Measures Of Intellectual Humility And Humility; [grant Number 14979], Relational Humility: An Interdisciplinary Approach To The Study Of Humility).


This Article Presents Two Studies That Examined How Perceptions Of Intellectual Humility Affect Response To A Transgression By A Religious Leader. In Study 1, Participants (n=105) Rated The Religious Leader On Intellectual Humility Regarding Different Religious Beliefs And Values, As Well As General Humility And Forgiveness Of The Leader For A Transgression. Perceived Intellectual Humility Was Positively Associated With Forgiveness, Even When Controlling For Perceived General Humility. In Study 2, We Replicated The Findings From Study 1 On An Independent Sample (n=299). Also, The Type Of Offense Moderated The Association Between Perceived Intellectual Humility And Forgiveness. For Participants, Who Reported An Offense In The Area Of Religious Beliefs, Values, Or Convictions, The Association Between Perceived Intellectual Humility And Forgiveness Was Stronger Than For Participants, Who Reported A Different Type Of Offense. We Conclude By Discussing Limitations And Areas For Future Research.