A new study by Louisiana State University (LSU) researchers finds that a person’s religious interpretations are associated with college graduation rates.

Although prior research has studied the influence of religion on various social groups, the new study examines the association between individual and congregational biblical literalism and college outcomes.

LSU Sociology Professor Dr. Samuel Stroope and his team studied data from the U.S. Congregational Life Survey, a national sample of religious congregations and members, for 92,344 respondents.

Stroope and two researchers from Hope College and Baylor University measured the odds of completing college based on individual biblical literalism and congregational biblical literalism.

In the study, investigators found that college completion is tied to congregational literalism in important ways.

For instance, researchers found that individual biblical literalism is negatively associated with college completion and congregational biblical literalism is negatively related to college attainment.

However, they found that as congregational literalism increases, the odds of completing college decreases more sharply for non-literalists than for literalists.

The article will be published in the upcoming edition of Sociological Perspectives.

Source: Louisiana State University