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Development in Religious and Non-Religious Biographies from a Cross-Cultural Perspective

In: Journal of Empirical Theology
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  • 1 Center for the Interdisciplinary Research in Religion and Society (CiRRuS) at Bielefeld UniversityGermany
  • | 2 Center for the Interdisciplinary Research in Religion and Society (CiRRuS) at Bielefeld UniversityGermanyForschungskolleg für Flüchtlingsgesundheit (FlüGe)/Research College for Refugee Health, School of Public Health at Bielefeld UniversityGermany
  • | 3 Center for the Interdisciplinary Research in Religion and Society (CiRRuS) at Bielefeld UniversityGermany
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Abstract

How do people perceive their own religious, spiritual or atheist biography? This is a question that our research team has been focusing on for nearly two decades. Our developmental perspective critically, but constructively relates to Fowler’s (1981) Faith Development Theory, as described in Streib’s (2001) approach of religious styles, paying tribute to the fact that development is not, in most cases, a linear upward process. By combining Fowler’s structural evaluation method with approaches to content analyses, this paper will show the merit of these qualitative methods when looking at (religious) development in different surroundings. For that purpose, we present case studies with different cultural backgrounds. Their different trajectories and possible commonalities will be shown on a structural as well as on a content level. This approach enables us to reconstruct movement within the religious field and will show how this is displayed on a subjective, biographical level.

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