Catholic and Non-Catholic college students of a Catholic university and their perceptions on religion

2021 IJRSE – Volume 10 Issue 3

Available Online: 4 December 2020


Lucas, Philip*
Holy Angel University, Philippines (


Bailey (2002) stated that Catholic Schools prefer to teach a Religious Education that is Catholic in deepening the faith of their Catholic students. However, they have Religious Education subjects and programs that are not sensitive and considerate to the beliefs and practices of non-Catholic students. To come up with Religious Education programs and subjects that are sensitive to the religious and spiritual development of both Catholic and non-Catholic students, it is appropriate to understand first their perspective toward religion. The objectives of the study are to investigate how Catholic and non-Catholic college students in a certain Catholic University perceive Religion, and to determine if there are significant differences in these perspectives. The researcher used a descriptive research design and a quantitative descriptive method in describing the current context and perceptions of Catholic and non-Catholic students toward religion. A survey questionnaire developed by Baring et al. (2018) was utilized in gathering data, and purposive sampling was used in selecting 200 college students as respondents. An independent-sample t-test was the statistical method used in determining the significant difference of the two independent variables. The findings showed that there are specific significant differences toward the perception of Catholic and non-Catholic students on spirituality and religiosity, especially in terms of the identity dimension of Religion. However, there are more similarities than differences in their perceptions of religion.

Keywords: religion; spirituality; Catholic students; Non-Catholic students; perceptions on religion



Cite this article:
Lucas, P. (2021). Catholic and Non-Catholic college students of a Catholic university and their perceptions on religion. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 10(3), 1-11.

*Corresponding Author