Religious Commitment and Political Participation among Filipino Students in University-Based Religious Organizations

Jay Denvher Quinamot Soriano, Grace Dolim Adorable, Ian Ibanez Llenares, Racidon Bernarte

Abstract


Studies involving how religion affects the political dogma of an individual have exceedingly been laid on the surface of social science since the recognition of societal diversity. While it has always been argued that the concepts hold a strong connection, the need for a concrete characterization of religion and politics gets even more in demand as several considerations like multi-stage perspectives should be carried out. This study assessed the extent of how religious commitment can influence the political participation of members of university-based religious organizations. Using multiple regression analysis, only religious commitment had weak inverse relationship (t = -4.04, standardized β = -0.28, p<0.001, adjusted r2 = 0.07%) to political participation even if sex of respondents is controlled in the analysis. The religious commitment can only explain a little portion of the political participation of the respondents. There may be other significant factors that can explain the political participation of the respondents. This study has an implication on the student’s moral development and political awareness.



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