Peter C. Hill (Ph.D., University of Houston) is Professor of Psychology at Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. Before coming to Rosemead in 2002, he served for 17 years as Professor of Psychology at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was honored with a faculty appointment at the University of Cambridge as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Advanced Religious and Theological Studies of the Faculty of Divinity. Dr. Hill is an active researcher in social psychology and the psychology of religion where he has authored approximately 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He is a past president of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and was elected Fellow of the APA in 1998. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS) in 1998. He has co-authored or co-edited six books: Measures of Religiosity (1999), the Baker Encyclopedia of Psychology (1999), The Psychology of Fundamentalism: An Intratextual Approach (2005), Psychology and Christianity Integration: Seminal Works that Shaped the Movement (2007), and the best-selling psychology of religion textbook The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach (2009) and Psychology of Religion and Workplace Spirituality (2012).
Love, as a goal of Christian virtue formation, is perhaps the center piece in a Christian taxonomy of virtues. Three studies are proposed to help uncover processes by which love of God and neighbor may be facilitated or impeded. These studies will test whether responses to controversial social issues (e.g., gay marriage, illegal immigration) are considered loving or not on the basis of five moral intuitions posited by Moral Foundations Theory. The first study will be a theological analysis to see if all of MFT’s moral intuitions are supported in scripture. The second study will investigate the degree to which the five moral intuitions are actually utilized by Christians in deciding whether or not a response to controversial social issues is loving. The third study is an experimental study designed to test whether or not making the Care/Harm and Fairness/Reciprocity moral grammars more salient to religious conservatives will moderate their views on controversial social issues.