Millennialism Scale: A Measurement of Thoughts and Feelings on the Millennium

Abstract

Amongst many Christian denominations is the belief in a millennium, which is a period of 1,000 years either directly preceding or following the second coming of Jesus Christ. There are two differing perspectives based upon the millennium, separated by those who are premillennialists and postmillennialists (Mason, 2004). Premillennialists believe that people do not have the responsibility of creating peaceful conditions for the second coming of Christ because he will fix the earth. Postmillennialist believe that building a peaceful environment is a responsibility and a commandment that must occur in order for Christ to return again (Mason, 2004). These views have been found to influence how millenialists act in their marriages, attitudes towards climate change and the environment, and a number of other aspects of life and society. Basing our questions on a model we created in 2014, this project has updated the previous survey and statistically improved the model. After running exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, we created an 8-question model measuring an individual’s premillennialist and postmillennialist score, CFI = 0.919, TLI = 0.880, AIC = 5806, BIC = 5864, RMSEA = 0.115, SRMR = 0.066. Data was collected from a diverse sample of 223 multicultural participants in the United States. We propose that this survey is a valid measure of premillennialist and postmillennialist mindsets, and be used to measure such things whenever needed in order to further the data collection on this subject in a statistically validated and standardized way.



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Alyx Stuehler, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States
Maxwell Brieden, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States
Ronald Mellado Miller, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States
Boyd Timothy, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States
Chad Ford, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States
David Whippy, Brigham Young University Hawaii, United States

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Conference: ACP2017
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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