Religious experiences will subconsciously affect the way that individuals consume news about religion and spirituality, according to the latest research by Michael Kitchens, assistant professor of psychology at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, PA.

Kitchens and his co-authors hypothesized that participants who had self-described high comfort with their religion and low reported strain would be more apt to gravitate toward positive news about Christianity. Those with low comfort and high strain were more apt to want to read about stories that were biased against Christianity. That was true with a few notable exceptions.

Respondents with both high comfort and high stain had the highest preference for positive news stories about Christianity.

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