Theistic Intellectual Humility Scale

Assessment name:  Theistic Intellectual Humility Scale

Scale overview: The Theistic Intellectual Humility Scale (TIHS) is an 11-item self-report rating scale of intellectual humility in relationship to God.

 Authors: Peter Hill and others (2021)

 Response Type: Items are rated on a 6-point scale of agreement from strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Scale items

There are 11 items associated with three factors:

  1. Intellectual submission to the Divine

  2. Human Finite Limitations

  3. Belief Bias and Limitations

Although the scale is labeled theistic and the factor 1 refers to “the Divine”, the items refer to God or the Bible. Item 11 includes the phrase “Christian beliefs.”

Psychometric properties

The first sample included 353 Christians who were mostly Protestant. The second sample included 318 Christians—some of them were from a Christian university. And the third sample included 235 Christians.

The results of factor analyses supported the three factors. Also, the research team reported the results of convergent and discriminant validity. In study 3, Alpha = .83.

The relationship between the THIS and other measures is available in the research article (Hill et al, 2021). Following are examples of relationships considered at least moderate ( r > ).49):

Religious Commitment Inventory 0.65

Flourishing Scale 0.55

Other correlations were statistically significant and available in the research article.



The 11 items are included in the PsycTESTS reference. The permissions statement directs readers to contact the publisher.

The items are also listed along with factor loadings on page 157 of the research study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Reference for the scale

Hill, P. C., Lewis Hall, M. E., Wang, D., & Decker, L. A. (2021). Theistic Intellectual Humility Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:

Hill, P. C., Lewis Hall, M. E., Wang, D., & Decker, L. A. (2021). Theistic intellectual humility and well-being: Does ideological context matter? The Journal of Positive Psychology, Vol 16(2), 155-167. doi:


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