Apathy or Misunderstanding?: Youth’s Reflections on Their Religious Identity in Canada

In: Youth, Religion, and Identity in a Globalizing Context
Author: Heather Shipley

Religion, religiosity and religious identity are frequently debated and oft referenced foci of much media and public discourse in Canada, with increasing intensity in the face of controversies regarding religious education and religious practice in public. Although controversies reference youth’s vulnerability and the impact of religion in public on youth (in schools or youth clubs for example) rarely do the debates include the voices of youth themselves. This paper will integrate youths’ own reflections on religion and religiosity in a so-called secular society, asking whether it is apathy or misunderstanding that best represents the religious identity of youth in Canada. Data will be presented from the Religion, Gender and Sexuality among Youth survey in Canada to evaluate youth negotiations of their religious identity.

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