Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department or School


Committee Member

Alida Westman, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Rosalyn Barclay, PhD

Committee Member

Barry Fish, PhD


This study explored the nature and extent of relationships between religious orientations, religious orthodoxy, and flow, which is an experience akin to “being in the zone” in sports. The three religious orientations examined were intrinsic religiosity, which involves shaping one’s life around religious beliefs and practices; extrinsic religiosity, which involves trying to gain rewards, such as social status, from religious participation; and quest, which involves seeking religious meaning as opposed to accepting traditional doctrines. Data analyses indicated that high scorers on extrinsic religiosity tended to have less intense flow experiences and that they tended to experience flow more often during public religious gatherings than during private prayer or meditation. A stepwise regression procedure found a predictive model for flow intensity consisting of religious orthodoxy and both intrinsic and extrinsic religious orientations.

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