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Heinz Streib

'Lived religion' signifies a shift of focus in order to attend to the religiosity of individuals and groups as embedded in the contexts of life-worlds. It suggests fresh attention to the body, to perception, to experience, to everyday life, and to biography. The essays in this collection gravitate around the concept of ‘lived religion’, honoring the contributions of Hans-Günter Heimbrock, in which he suggests this conceptual framework for understanding practical theology and religious education and for designing empirical research in theology. The contributions embrace a broad spectrum and include empirical studies, exegetical and historical investigations, contributions on practical theology as well as on the theory and practice of religious education, inviting further reflection and discussion about ‘lived religion.’


Raisa Maria Toivo and Sari Katajala-Peltomaa

Lived Religion and the Long Reformation in Northern Europe puts Reformation in a daily life context using lived religion as a conceptual and methodological tool: exploring how people "lived out" their religion in their mundane toils and how religion created a performative space for them. This collection reinvestigates the character of the Reformation in an area that later became the heartlands of Lutheranism. The way people lived their religion was intricately linked with questions of the value of individual experience, communal cohesion and interaction. During the late Middle Ages and Early Modern Era religious certainty was replaced by the experience of doubt and hesitation. Negotiations on and between various social levels manifest the needs, aspirations and resistance behind the religious change.

Contributors include: Kaarlo Arffman, Jussi Hanska, Miia Ijäs, Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, Jenni Kuuliala, Marko Lamberg, Jason Lavery, Maija Ojala, Päivi Räisänen-Schröder, Raisa Maria Toivo

Michael Smith

research on lived religion as a comparative tool for theological expressions. Schilderman (2014) described how religion, as an object of comparative research, is treated as a theoretical concept—a product of deductive reasoning using classifications often drawn from quantitative research (7). He continued

When Acceptance Reflects Disrespect

The Methodological Contradictions of Accepting Participant Statements

Steven Ramey

, reveal contradictions within methodologies that emphasize respect for the assertions of research participants. The rationale behind research that employs the category “lived religion,” which I use as examples throughout this essay, often includes honoring the creative formations of ordinary people that

Beyond “Religion” and “Spirituality”

Extending a “Meaning Systems” Approach to Explore Lived Religion

James Murphy

actually practiced and experienced, has been termed “lived religion” and is the subject of an increasing amount of research within religious studies (McGuire, 2008 ). Many ethnographic studies document this complexity and yet much psychological research into religion has failed to adequately grasp the

Beyond ‘Mouridcentrism’

Lived Islam in the Context of Senegalese Migrations

Rita Sobczyk and Rosa Soriano

belonging have to be treated with caution, it is estimated that there are more than a million Muslims in Spain (Díez 2010). This paper postulates a ‘lived religion’ perspective (Woodhead et al. 2014; Schielke and Debevec 2012; Jeldtoft 2011; McGuire 2008; Ammerman 1997; Hall 1997) as a useful way of

Torkel Brekke, Lene Kühle, Göran Larsson and Tuomas Martikainen

distinct turn in the study of religion towards lived religion embedded in everyday life. 1 This has been a reaction against what many researchers in the social sciences and humanities have seen as a tendency in research to privilege organized and institutionalized religion. In the study of Islam and

Wendi Bellar, Heidi A. Campbell, Kyong James Cho, Andrea Terry, Ruth Tsuria, Aya Yadlin-Segal and Jordan Ziemer

This article provides a preliminary report of a study of religious-oriented internet memes and seeks to identify the common communication styles, interpretive practices and messages about religion communicated in this digital medium. These findings argue that memes provide an important sphere for investigating and understanding religious meaning-making online, which expresses key attributes of participatory culture and trends towards lived religion.

“I Do Not Think I Could be a Christian on My Own”

Lived Religion among Swedish Pentecostal Women

Julia Kuhlin

framework lived religion as a starting point, the study places particular focus on female adherents in Europaporten in Malmö, one of the largest pentecostal churches in Sweden. This article indicates that a shift has taken place in religious practice, at least among women, in Swedish Pentecostalism from

Faith in African Lived Christianity

Bridging Anthropological and Theological Perspectives


Edited by Karen Lauterbach and Mika Vähäkangas

Faith in African Lived Christianity – Bridging Anthropological and Theological Perspectives offers a comprehensive, empirically rich and interdisciplinary approach to the study of faith in African Christianity. The book brings together anthropology and theology in the study of how faith and religious experiences shape the understanding of social life in Africa. The volume is a collection of chapters by prominent Africanist theologians, anthropologists and social scientists, who take people’s faith as their starting point and analyze it in a contextually sensitive way. It covers discussions of positionality in the study of African Christianity, interdisciplinary methods and approaches and a number of case studies on political, social and ecological aspects of African Christian spirituality.