Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 4, pp 1428–1439 | Cite as

Reading the Bible, Stressful Life Events, and Hope: Assessing an Overlooked Coping Resource

  • Neal Krause
  • Kenneth I. Pargament
Original Paper


Many people rely on religion to deal with the stressors in their lives. The purpose of this study is to examine a religious coping resource that has received relatively little attention—reading the Bible. We evaluated three hypotheses: (1) reading the Bible moderates the relationship between stress and hope; (2) people who read the Bible more often are more likely to rely on benevolent religious reappraisal coping responses; and (3) individuals who rely on benevolent religious reappraisals will be more hopeful about the future. Support was found for all three hypotheses in our analyses.


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This study was funded by the John Templeton Foundation (Grant 40077).

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Conflict of interest

Neal Krause and Kenneth I. Pargament declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committees and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public HealthUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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